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How relevant are Natwar Singh's claim about Sonia Gandhi?
Had it not been the interference by Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi would have been the Prime Minister of India in 2004, claimed the loyalist of the Gandhi family, Natwar Singh in his book 'One Life is Not Enough'. Rahul Gandhi did not want his mother to take the PMs position, as he feared that Sonia would be killed like Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi.

Natwar Singh who served as country's foreign minister also for a short span of time during UPA-1, also claimed that all the important government files were sent to Sonia Gandhi by the PMO for her review. To reject this claim made by Natwar Singh, none but former PM Dr. Manmohan Singh himself jumped into the court and dis approved former's claims. 

Sonia Gandhi in response to the revelations made by Natwar Singh said that she would write her own book to make things crystal clear.

To know what is going in various minds in the political circle on Natwar Singh's claims, we talked to few politicos.

The Congress party's spokesperson Meem Afzal said, "There is not even a single reason for us to believe him (Natwar's claims). In a family, where the head of the family and later on her son had been assassinated and with Sonia being threatened as well, I think there is nothing wrong if one had been stopped (from holding PM's post) for the same reason. But it is not acceptable if someone misinterpreted the whole situation. It was Sonia Gandhi's decision; she took the decision by analyzing the whole situation as ruling the country was not her prime aim. It is very wrong if someone is expressing doubts on her sacrifice."

Meem Afzal took a dig at Natwar Singh and said that it was nothing but an attempt on Singh's part to increase the sale of his books.  ''It is a fact that he (Natwar) had been thrown out of the party. He was himself part of the same government once. At that time why he didn't hestop any of the files being sent to Sonia Gandhi, if he thinks such things were happening. His acts are proving his support to BJP as his son is also in BJP. It's not important if one is abusing someone's sacrifice under BJP's influence. It's just a futile exercise to increase the sale of his book. Just to promote his book and fetch monetary benefits to the publisher and himself, he did it all," added Afzal.

'Any publicity is good publicity,' is the theory, which Natwar Singh may be following as he has been able to grab the headlines. This stunt would certainly prove to be a good stunt if it increases sale of his books.

"He is using media for fake and cheap publicity. Throughout his political career he took advantage of his post. He switched to the Congress, then he used Rajiv Gandhi and later on Sonia Gandhi for his own means. But his present act of cheating the Congress is not acceptable and one did not expect such thing from him at all," concluded Afzal.

Rajesh Dixit, National Secretary of Samajwadi Party, which supported UPA's government from outside, preferred to maintain silence on behalf of his party rather than reacting on the claims by Natwar Singh.

Dixit said, "I don't approve his act at all. One who was with the same party once, is now criticizing the same. The person who till a certain point of time was faithful and gave his reliability and loyalty to it, is now exposing it. So, I just do not wish to comment on this."

Journalist-turned-BJP leader M J Akbar questioned Sonia Gandhi's alleged meeting with K Natwar Singh in connection with the content in his 410-page autobiography. He said, ''Why Mrs. Sonia Gandhi visited K Natwar Singh if she did not wish to hide anything from the nation?"

However, in an interview with a TV channel Natwar Singh has already clarified that no such meeting took place between him and Sonia Gandhi.

It seems to be a difficult and a confusing task as to whom one should believe. If Sonia Gandhi actually sacrificed everything for the sake of the nation, as there were many politicians who did not want to see her as India's PM? Or if Natwar Singh's claims are correct then what made him to reveal it out now by writing a book and make it public just a week before its release?

 

 


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