Arjun urges Nehru family to discern between loyal and sycophant

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New Delhi, May 9 (UNI) Union Human Resource Development Minister Arjun Singh today attacked the prevailing culture in the Congress, saying loyalty was being measured in a very limited way by the present leadership.

Mr Singh's allegations of lack of inner democracy in the party, made in his book released this, evening were, however, strongly rubbished by the party.

He also said the campaign against him had started in the party from the very days when the late Indira Gandhi began to take note of him.

Speaking at the book release function, he, however, said the Nehru family has the capability to distinguish between the loyal and the sycophant.

''Though in today's context, it may sound ridiculous to say so, still my experience with the family inspires me to maitain my commitment to it,'' he said while making comparisons between the Congress of the days of Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi, and of today.

The first copy of the book titled 'Mohin Kahan Vishram'(No time for me to take rest) was handed over to President Pratibha Patil.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee also attended the function.

The Human Resource Development Minister said despite his strong differences with Ms Gandhi and Sanjay Gandhi over the way emergency was executed in the country in 1975, the two never prevented him from expressing his views, and Sanjay even campaigned for him in his constituency in the 1980 elections.

He said while not disputing the need for emergency, he had expressed his fears that it might be misused, and naturally when the next Congress Government was formed he was not in the Council of Ministers, but Ms Gandhi and Sanjay Gandhi always respected his views.

Mr Singh said some people in the party never liked his closeness to Ms Gandhi. The beginning of his relationship with her was the most pleasant happening of his life while it was painful to others, he said.

''In fact the campaign against me in the party had started from those very days,'' said the Human Resource Development Minister.

Later, speaking after receiving a copy of Mr Singh's book, President Patil said the book was a deep analysis of the long period Mr Singh spent in public clife. It also brings to light some untouched aspect of his life, she said.

Praising Mr Singh's strong commitment to public service and secularism, she said he had played a very important role in the political history of the country, and brought improvement in whatever department he was given to handle.

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