Sanjay Baru book controversy: Modi says will invest time, energy in doing something constructive(ANI Exclusive Interview with Narendra Modi)

Gandhinagar (Gujarat), Apr.16: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi said on Wednesday that he was aware of the controversy generated by the book authored by the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s former media adviser Sanjay Baru, but added that should he become the country’s next prime minister, he would like to use the 60 months (five years) at his disposal to do something constructive for the nation and its people.

Modi said he would not like to waste his time or energy in investigating alleged leaks from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), if any.

“I don’t take a vindictive approach towards anything. If the people will give me time, then, that will be limited to 60 months. In these 60 months, I will rather make a new garden, than wipe out the dirt of others. I don’t want to waste my time in such things, and I have greater things to do. I will invest my time and energy in doing something constructive, he told Smita Prakash, Editor (News) Asian News International (ANI), in an exclusive interview held here.

Baru’s book, titled ‘The Accidental Prime Minister: The making and unmaking of Manmohan Singh’, released just days ago, paints a damning portrait of a premier who was in office, but “not in power”-while Congress president Sonia Gandhi called the shots.

The BJP has officially said in a statement that Baru’s book and a book authored by former Union Coal Secretary P.C.Parakh, “the PM is shown as somebody who was not in control.”

It has also said that the Gandhi family can no longer run away from the responsibility of answering the serious questions raised in these two books.

The Congress, on the other hand, has described it as a violation of trust.(ANI) By Smita Prakash