India's Modi seizes on book that alleges Sonia Gandhi controlled PM Singh
Published on Apr 13, 2014 9:53 PM
NEW DELHI (AFP) - Mr Narendra Modi, tipped to be India's next prime minister, latched on Sunday onto a new tell-all book that alleges current Premier Manmohan Singh was a powerless puppet during his years at the top.
The book, written by a former media adviser to Dr Singh, hit the bookstores this weekend and hands ammunition to Mr Modi's Hindu nationalist opposition during a bitter, marathon election campaign under way.
Mr Sanjaya Baru's book The Accidental Prime Minister portrays Dr Singh as subservient to ruling Congress party president Sonia Gandhi, who called the shots although she holds no official government position.
Mr Modi, who has campaigned on a platform of being a strong, decisive leader who can turn around the flagging economy, brought up the book while campaigning in the south, calling the government "remote-controlled". "I ask you all, people, what type of government do you want in India? Do you want a government in Delhi, a lame government? Do you want a dumb government? Do you want remote-controlled government?" he said at a rally in the town of Chikkaballapur.
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