Priyanka, who was campaigning in her brother Rahul Gandhi's constituency, Amethi, defended the party which is facing opposition’s criticism in the wake of the claims made in the book that Sonia was the remote control in UPA Government and Manmohan Singh played a second fiddle to her.

"Only Manmohan Singh was super PM," Priyanka told reporters in reply to a question on the book by PM's former aide, which claimed that Sonia Gandhi was the super Prime Minister.

Baru, a senior editor and PM's Media Adviser between 2004 and 2008, in the book ‘The Accidental Prime Minister--The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh’ quoted the Prime Minister as having told him that there cannot be two centres of power.

"That creates confusion.  I have to accept that the party president is the centre of power. The government is answerable to the party," Singh told him.

Minister of State for HRD Shashi Tharoor on Monday termed Baru’s book ‘fundamentally contradicting’ and questioned how the details could be true when the author himself was not associated with the PMO during the tenure of UPA-II.

"Baru has praised the Prime Minister and the government during the UPA-I when he used to be the PM's advisor between 2004-2008, ironically, he raised his concerns on the same PM when he left the office. So, I find the book fundamentally contradicting," Tharoor said.

Meanwhile, when asked about Sonia’s appeal on various TV channels on Monday night, Priyanka said, "Whatever BJP might say, but the fight of India's heart is going on in this election.”

Sonia had said that the Congress is fighting current Lok Sabha elections to protect ‘the very heart and soul of India’ from those who want to divide the people of this country.

"We want unity. They want to impose uniformity. They say, Just believe in me,” she said without naming BJP and its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.

(JPN/Agencies)

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