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Rajiv Gandhi sent IPKF to Sri Lanka without consulting Cabinet, claims Natwar Singh

Updated: August 1, 2014, 7:17 AM IST
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Rajiv Gandhi sent IPKF to Sri Lanka without consulting Cabinet, claims Natwar Singh
"There is a part of Sonia Gandhi which is ruthless," said Natwar Singh, an estranged Nehru-Gandhi loyalist.

New Delhi: Estranged Nehru-Gandhi family loyalist, Natwar Singh, in his upcoming autobiography, has apparently written that former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi had sent the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) to Sri Lanka in 1987 without consulting his Cabinet.

Singh, a former external affairs minister, alleged that the IPKF was sent to the neighbouring country without "clear briefing objectives" and that Rajiv Gandhi's Lankan policy ended in his assassination in May 1991.

The former Congressman's revelations about the Nehru-Gandhi family has been making headlines ahead of his book 'One Life is Not Enough: An Autobiography' release.

When asked if he was fonder of Rajiv than Sonia, Natwar Singh snapped back saying it was so because "he did not behave like his wife did".

"No Indian would treat a man who was loyal to family for 45 years who had been very close to her and 30 years older. It is just not done in India. There is a part (of Sonia) which is ruthless," he said.

Asked if that was her Italian part, he shot back, asking what else can it be adding, "some part of it is not India." "Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi would not be like that," he added.

He had also claimed that Sonia did not take charge as the Prime Minister in 2004 because of resistance from son Rahul Gandhi who feared that she would be killed like his father Rajiv and grandmother Indira Gandhi.

In a rare show of emotion, Sonia had hit back at Natwar saying that she would write a book on her own to end all the speculations about the family which has been at the helm of power in India ever since Independence.

First Published: August 1, 2014, 7:17 AM IST
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