Manmohan Unaffected by Media Frenzy - The New Indian Express

Manmohan Unaffected by Media Frenzy

Published: 18th April 2014 08:16 AM

Last Updated: 18th April 2014 08:16 AM

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who has not really hit the campaign trail in a big way this election, has been maintaining a rather low profile even as he regularly attends office to round off his 10-year tenure.

“The media and the publishing industry have been running amok over him,” a senior Prime Minister’s Office staffer said, in an oblique reference to the two books on Singh that has hit the stands.

Unlike the election fray, in the book-stores, it is new publications on Manmohan Singh vs Narendra Modi that are competing with each other and jostling for space.

It’s quite well-known in the Delhi circles that Singh has been spending more time in 7 RCR than South Block, ensuring that his large collection of books are properly packed and transported to his retirement perch, Bungalow no. 3, on Motilal Nehru Road. A stone’s throw from 10 Janpath, Sonia Gandhi’s official residence and 24, Akbar Road, the AICC headquarters.

Some time ago when Singh was asked whether he would write his memoirs,he had said, “I have not given it a thought. “But with two books, his former media advisor Sanjay Baru’s and former coal secretary P C Parakh’s, hitting him hard, hurting him much, Singh may get down to putting the record striaght, sooner than later, a source indicated.

The scene in the Prime Minister’s Office too is quite laid back.

The number of files coming to the Prime Minister’s Office has come down drastically. “The only files coming here these days are that of routine promotions,” said an official.According to him, the Prime Minister has not convened any meeting in the last one month and no major decisions have also been taken. All senior officials including T K A Nair, Pulok Chatterjee and the Prime Minister’s communicatuon chief Pankaj Pachaudi are coming regularly but having not much work to do. Most of the time, the last two end up together in Chatterjee’s room while Nair keeps aloof.

“The two may be counting their limited number of days in the Prime Minister’s Office,” quipped a permanent official in there. A rumour is doing the rounds that Chatterjee, who was behind Pachauri’s appointment as media adviser, has promised to help out the latter “find a new job”.  While others whose term ends co-terminus with the Prime Minister have started lobbying for good placements elsewhere, T K A Nair has decided to go back to his home state.

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