Natwar Singh's Book Continues to Create Political Storm

Former Minister Natwar Singh\'s autobiography continued to raise a political storm with Congress President Sonia Gandhi hitting back saying she will come out with her own book, which will reveal the \"truth\".

Published: 31st July 2014 08:31 PM  |   Last Updated: 31st July 2014 08:32 PM   |  A+A-

By PTI

NEW DELHI: Former Minister Natwar Singh's autobiography continued to raise a political storm with Congress President Sonia Gandhi hitting back saying she will come out with her own book, which will reveal the "truth".

She got strong backing from former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who dubbed Natwar Singh's version of why Gandhi refused to become prime minister and on other issues as a "marketing gimmick".

"I will write my own book and then you will come to know everything...the only way truth will come out is if I write...I am serious about it and I will be writing," Gandhi told reporters in Parliament House.

Gandhi was reacting to a question about the row triggered by the autobiography of Natwar Singh in  which he claims that it was Rahul Gandhi's fear for her life that prevented her from becoming prime minister contracting her version that she heeded to her "inner voice" in not taking up the post.

Insisting that she was not hurt, Gandhi said that she had seen worse things like her husband Rajiv Gandhi being assassinated and her mother-in law Indira Gandhi riddled with bullets.

"I am far from getting hurt from these things. These things do not affect me," she said.

Singh (83), an estranged Gandhi family friend, had quit the Congress in 2008 after he had to resign from the UPA-I Government in 2005 in the wake of the Iraqi food-for-oil scam.

The book titled "One Life is Not Enough: An Autobiography" is to hit the stands tomorrow.

Singh came out with more attack today on Gandhi when he raked up her Italian origin, suggesting that her "ruthless" side came from it as "no Indian would have treated me" like she did to him.

The former External Affairs Minister, a Nehru-Gandhi family loyalist, also said  the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) was sent to Sri Lanka in 1987 by the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi without "clear briefing objectives" and that his Lankan policy ended in his assassination.

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