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Baru book baseless, says Cong

New Delhi, April 15: The Congress today issued a five-page statement denouncing Sanjaya Baru’s “baseless” book on the Prime Minister, possibly emboldened by Manmohan Singh’s daughter’s description of it as “a huge betrayal of trust”.

The Congress said Baru himself had acknowledged he had no privileged access or inside information and added the book was a compilation of “baseless and planted speculative gossip”. Given the timing of its publication, it “must qualify as the mother of all plants”, the party said.

The Congress described the relationship between Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi as “an inspiring example of the great democratic tradition of selfless co-operation of political leaders in the best interests of our nation” and rejected Baru’s account of differences between the two.

Singh’s daughter Upinder Singh had said: “We all knew a book was in the air…. What we did not know is that he was going to piece together gossip and unverified quotes, including some of my father, and use them as statements of fact.”

“Even if he wants to gain politically by writing a book, everyone will see that he has betrayed the trust of one Prime Minister. He has provided fodder to his (PM’s) opponents. Will they trust him now? I would not,” she said.