Even as the controversy following Sanjaya Baru's tell-all book on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's government is yet to settle, another UPA defector had released a book on the workings of the central government.
Former coal secretary PC Parakh on Monday released his book Crusader or Conspirator – Coalgate and other Truths on the coal scam. In it, the retired coal secretary, has alleged that the prime minister had “little control” and authority over his government.
In the book, he recalls an incident from December 2005 when Parakh, after submitting his resignation, met the PM to express his displeasure at the conduct of parliamentarians. To which, he alleges that the PM expressed anguish and stated that "he (Singh) faced similar problems everyday. But it would not be in the national interest if he was to offer his resignation on every such issue."
It must be noted that the CBI has registered a case against Parakh for allegedly favouring Hindalco in coal block at Odisha. However, with regards to the case, he has also accused CBI Director Ranjit Sinha of having acted against him to impress the Supreme Court and wondered why he chose not to mention Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the conspiracy because he had taken the decision in the matter. "It is unfortunate that while the PM was keen on implementing open bidding, he was unable to counter vested interests within his government and the party,” he says.
Parakh, though, adds, “I do not know if the country would have got a better Prime Minister if Dr Manmohan Singh had resigned, instead of facing the humiliation of his own ministers not implementing or reversing his decision.”
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