Attempts to build Rahul, destroy Manmohan finished UPA-II, says Sanjaya Baru
NEW DELHI: Former media advisor to the PMO Sanjaya
Baru said that Congress president Sonia Gandhi could have spelled doom for the
UPA-II government by her attempts to ‘engineer’ a transition of leadership from
then prime minister Manmohan Singh to her son Rahul Gandhi.
Baru who was in Goa to promote his book “The
Accidental Prime Minister,” also said that attempts by top Congress leaders to
destroy the image of Manmohan Singh and simultaneously build that of Gandhi
scion and party vice president Rahul, could have eventually led to the collapse
of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA)-II.
“The problem with UPA-II was (Sonia) Gandhi was
engineering a transition from Manmohan Singh to Rahul Gandhi,” Baru said during
a public interaction for the book promotion event held on the outskirts of the
“The failure of UPA-II was because of confusion at the
top. It was about how to build Rahul Gandhi’s personality and at the same time
destroy Manmohan Singh’s,” Baru added.
“The Congress succeeded in destroying Manmohan Singh’s
personality, but failed in building Rahul’s,” said Baru, who has in the past
said several chapters in his book are dedicated to defending the former Prime