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Manmohan Singh defends Sonia Gandhi; denies claims by Natwar Singh that files from PMO would be sent to her

Thursday, 31 July 2014 - 3:46pm IST | Agency: DNA Webdesk

Coming to the defense of Congress party President Sonia Gandhi, former Mrime Minister Manmohan Singh stated that the allegations made by Natwar Singh in his soon to be launched book are false.

The former prime minister refuted Singh's claim that important files from the PMO were used to be sent to Sonia Gandhi.

Natwar Singh, in a recent television interview, had backed claim of Manmohan Singh's former media adviser Sanjaya Baru that important government files were taken to Sonia Gandhi by Pulok Chatterjee, who was in the PMO.However, Manmohan Singh reacted to this saying,  “Some conversations that take place in private shouldn't be used for commercial purpose.”

Former External Affairs Minister Singh also claimed on Wednesday that Sonia Gandhi declined to become Prime Minister in 2004 because of strong opposition from her son Rahul Gandhi who was afraid she would be killed like his father and grand mother if she accepted the post.

The book titled "One Life is Not Enough: An Autobiography" is due to be released soon. "Rahul was totally against her mother becoming Prime Minister. He said she would be killed like his father and grand mother and as a son he would not allow to become the PM. He was very adamant," Singh said, recalling a May 18, 2004 meeting where Manmohan Singh, Gandhi family friend Suman Dubey, Priyanka and he were present. Manmohan Singh later went on to become the Prime Minister. Rahul's opposition was conveyed to them by Priyanka, he said. "As a son full marks to Rahul," he said. Rahul was 34 years at that time. Read more

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When I write my own book, the truth will come out: Sonia Gandhi on Natwar Singh's book
Reacting to former Congressman Natwar Singh's revelations in his tell-all book, Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Thursday stated, “When I will write my own book, then the truth will come out.” Among the many things he stated in his recently launched book, Natwar claimed that Sonia gave up the prime ministership in 2004 because of strong opposition from her son Rahul Gandhi, and not because of her "inner voice" as she had then claimed. In her response to the ongoing controversy, Sonia Gandhi told Zee News that the truth will come out when she will write a book. “What can I say when asked, are you hurt? I have seen my husband getting assassinated... my mother-in-law getting killed by bullets. Lot many people say many things about us,” she said. Read more




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