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When Natwar Singh helped Arjun Singh, Jairam Ramesh get back into Sonia Gandhi's good books

Friday, 1 August 2014 - 8:10pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA Webdesk

Former External Affairs minister K Natwar Singh in his book ' One Life Is Not Enough' places himself as one of Congress President Sonia Gandhi's closest ally and placater of hostility amidst Gandhi and other Congressmen.

According to his book, both Jairam Ramesh and Arjun Singh had fallen out of favour from Sonia Gandhi.

Jairam Ramesh 'indiscretion' had led to him to be 'banished from the darbar.' Though Singh doesn't elaborate on the matter but he goes on to say how a 'distraught and anguished' Ramesh approached him to resolve the issue.

Sonia Gandhi had cut-off communication completely from Ramesh, says Singh. Following Ramesh's apparent pleas for help, Singh communicated to Gandhi about Ramesh's 'agitation'. This led Gandhi finally relented and Ramesh was back in favour with her. 'Jairam lived happily ever after,' he says.

Singh recalls another example of how his intervention helped top Congress politicians come back in Gandhi's good books.

A supposed misunderstanding between Sonia Gandhi and the late senior politician Arjun Singh led the latter ostracised by Gandhi.

Calling Arjun Singh 'a mystery man of the Congress' Natwar claims that there was a negative perception about Arjun within the party. According to him he was known to be 'wily, silent, schemer' amongst Congressmen.

Sonia Gandhi was told that Arjun Singh said that she was surrounded by a 'coterie' which resulted of Gandhi absolutely refusing to visit him. Finally he visited Natwar and requested for his help.

Natwar says that he conveyed to Gandhi Arjun Singh's misery and clarified that he had not used the word 'coterie'. After a few days, Gandhi met with Arjun Singh. 

Natwar claims that Singh thanked him profusely adding, 'At this level in politics, no one makes the intervention you make on my behalf,'

Natwar says that he deeply appreciated the compliment.




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