Natwar Singh's 3 misgivings against Narendra Modi

Aug 02 2014, 13:54 IST
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Natwar Singh at home with his autobiography, One Life is Not Enough. (Source: Express photo) Natwar Singh at home with his autobiography, One Life is Not Enough. (Source: Express photo)
SummaryFormer Minister Natwar Singh's autobiography continues to raise a political storm...

K Natwar Singh tells The Indian Express why he thinks there was no impropriety in his revelations about Sonia Gandhi, and asks how he could be expected to respect a PM who did not resign after Rahul Gandhi 'tore up' the ordinance on convicted MPs. Singh also met the then BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi immediately after describing how Sonia Gandhi’s “achievement” was to reduce the Congress party to a “rump”.

Although, Natwar Singh was impressed with the way Modi outwitted everybody else in the election campaign, he also talked about some reservations about the present Indian Prime Minister:

1. As far as misgivings are concerned, I do have reservations about the manner in which Modi is deciding on appointments of secretaries to ministers. Then there was the issue of appointment of his own principal secretary.

2. I was taken aback when Sushma Swaraj was not taken along by the Prime Minister to Brazil.

3. I am equally surprised why the Prime Minister has yet not picked a diplomatic adviser. The NSA cannot take all the burden and, as I have written, I had even advised Dr Manmohan Singh against the appointment of an NSA.

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