PM's daughter stands for him, lashes out at Baru

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Upinder Singh
New Delhi, April 15: Taking the allegations on Manmohan Singh by the ex-media advisor Sanjaya Baru very seriously was the former's family. Singh's eldest daughter and historian Upinder Singh lashed out at Baru for his claims in his book 'The Accidental Prime Minister'. She further said that the Prime Minister was betrayed.

She told a national daily,"We are extremely angry at the exaggerated level of access the author has ascribed to himself. It is an audacious account with so-called quotes, of even the Prime Minister, which have been recorded as facts. "I know that authors have a say in the timing of the release. To me, there are other reasons for the timing. It is absurd to say there is no political motive. Sanjaya Baru cannot describe himself as a well-wisher of the Prime Minister. We did not know that he was going to piece together gossip and unverified quotes, including some of my father's, and use them as statements of fact".

Baru, however is said to have softened his sharp jibes at the Prime Minister in his books saying,"The PM tried his best given his political limitations. He was like Bheeshma of The Mahabharata, not Dhritarashtra. My book is about UPA I, not UPA II. During UPA I, he was certainly not 'blind'".

However, Baru stuck to his opinion that the UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi had the final say in everything and that it was better if the Prime Minister came to terms with that.

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