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The Prime Ministers Office has criticised a just-released book on Manmohan Singh by Sanjaya Baru, former media advisor to the PM in UPA-1, calling it fiction and coloured.Barus book, "The Accidental Prime Minister: The making and unmaking of Manmohan Singh", documents the relationship between Sonia Gandhi and Singh, and how the latter decided to take the rap for bad decisions taken by the political head in order to avoid giving the impression of there beint two power centres. (Read here).But the PMO is clearly not amused. In a statement read out by the PMOs current media advisor, Pankaj Pachauri, in Delhi, Barus book has been dismissed as an attempt to misuse a privileged position and access to high office to gain credibility and to apparently exploit it for commercial gains. The commentary smacks of fiction and coloured views of the former advisor (i.e. Baru).The statement also points to an earlier interaction that the PM had with senior editors, where Manmohan Singh is reported to have told them not to believe "all that he (Baru) is saying."

UP assembly polls: Congress to go it alone in 2017 state elections, says Rahul Gandhi

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UP assembly polls: Congress to go it alone in 2017 state elections, says Rahul Gandhi

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Money, Politics and Crime: Uncovering the vicious triangle that plagues the Indian polity

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Government remains non-committal on special status for Andhra Pradesh

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Government remains non-committal on special status for Andhra Pradesh

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Arvind Kejriwal vows to arrest Majithia for alleged drug trade

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Arvind Kejriwal vows to arrest Majithia for alleged drug trade

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UP polls: Rahul Gandhi slams rival parties; accuses them of 'paying lip service'

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UP polls: Rahul Gandhi slams rival parties; accuses them of 'paying lip service'

Lucknow: Reaching out to the people of Uttar Pradesh ahead of the 2017 Assembly election, Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi on Friday charged his political opponents with "paying lip servi...

Rahul in Lucknow to win Uttar Pradesh for Congress, but party won only 28 seats in 2012

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Rahul in Lucknow to win Uttar Pradesh for Congress, but party won only 28 seats in 2012

Soon after landing in Lucknow on Friday for an interaction with party workers to kick off the campaign for the 2017 Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi sent out a series...

Arvind Kejriwal's vipassana tour: How will the nation handle 12 days of silence?

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Arvind Kejriwal's vipassana tour: How will the nation handle 12 days of silence?

This is so unfair, it hurts and not only when you laugh.Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is taking a 12-day vipassana in Nagpur at a retreat where he will meditate (?) and observe silence.Does any...