Former external affairs minister Natwar Singh’s book ‘One Life is Not Enough’ created massive controversy as he revealed many hidden aspects of the UPA regime that otherwise wouldn’t have come to light.
One of his claims was that America had massive influence on the Manmohan Singh government. He says that CIA agents had ‘penetrated deep into every sphere of decision and policy making of the UPA regime’. The US had even exerted pressure on Manmohan Singh on his choice of ministers in the cabinet.
“At one stage when Manmohan Singh was trying to dissuade me from becoming the foreign minister because of Washington’s active opposition to my name, he confided in me about the all-pervasive influence of the Americans in the Indian power set-up,” Natwar Singh said in an interview.
Natwar Singh alleged that Washington tried its best to stop Pranab Mukherjee from becoming the finance minister in the Manmohan Singh government. “They (US diplomats) were lobbying hard for Montek Singh Ahluwalia but somehow could not succeed in making him the finance minister,” he said.
He made many other stunning revelations in his book. He claimed that Sonia Gandhi had access to key government files. This again supports the rhetoric that Sonia used to not only interfere but in fact run the government while Manmohan was simply a puppet in her hands. Natwar Singh also says that Sonia Gandhi didn’t accept the prime minister’s post as Rahul Gandhi dissuaded her. Rahul feared she might also be assassinated like Rajiv and Indira Gandhi were.
Natwar Singh’s sharp words for Sonia Gandhi made headlines. He described her as ‘secretive’ and ‘Machiavellian’ in his autobiography, further criticised her for surrounding herself with sycophants. He went on to question the clout and power of Ahmed Patel who has for long acted as her principal political advisor. Ahmed Patel can be said to be the second most powerful man in the Congress after the Gandhis.
Natwar Singh said: “What qualifications and experience Ahmed Patel has to be the principal political advisor to the Congress president? What is his vision of India…he has no vision! It’s people like these who have brought the Congress party to this sorry state.”
The skeletons simply don’t stop tumbling out of Congress’ closet. Scams, perpetrating the myth of Hindu terror, funding extremist organisations, compromising the office of the prime minister…the Congress has virtually exhausted all means that could be employed to fool and cheat the people of the country.