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India's Congress slams book challenging party chief Sonia Gandhi

Published on Aug 1, 2014 7:41 PM
India's Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi addresses a press conference at the party headquarters in New Delhi on May 16, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

NEW DELHI (REUTERS) - Revelations in a new book by former Congress Party stalwart K. Natwar Singh have put Sonia Gandhi on the defense this week, in the latest challenge to her leadership of the embattled party and India's foremost political dynasty.

In the autobiography "One Life is Not Enough," released on Friday, Mr Singh paints an unflattering picture of the 67-year old Congress party head, labelling her an at-times "Machiavellian" leader who has been "coarsened" by politics.

The remarks come at a fraught time for Ms Gandhi, having recently presided over her party's slide from a decade in power to its worst-ever defeat in national elections in April and May.

Mr Singh, a former external affairs minister who was expelled from the party, places the blame for the drubbing on Ms Gandhi, alleging her grip on the Congress Party has been both complete and destructive. "What Sonia Gandhi has achieved is to reduce the Congress, one of the greatest political parties of the world, to a rump of forty-four members in the Lok Sabha," he wrote.

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