New Delhi: Congress chief Sonia Gandhi has
written three letters to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh since
the UPA-II came to power in May last year but none since the
past six months.
Gandhi's last letter to Singh was on November 25, 2009 in
which she had requested him to address certain lacunae in the
compensation offered to family of Hemant Karkare, an IPS
officer who laid down his life battling Pakistani terrorists
during 26/11 Mumbai terror attack.
In another letter dated August 19, 2009, Gandhi had
requested Singh to continue on the international jury for
Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development,
according to the the information provided to Naresh Saini from
Hisar who had filed a Right to Information application seeking
information related to letters written by Gandhi to the Prime
Minister in the past two years.
On July 29 last year, Gandhi, who is the chairperson of
National Advisory Council, had requested Singh to serve
another six-year term on the Board of Trustees of the Rajiv
"I appreciate your contribution and support as a trustee
during the past six years. Your continued cooperation on the
Board would greatly help the Foundation in its work. I would
be glad, therefore, if you would agree to serve for another
term of six years," Gandhi had written.
In a letter written on October 16, 2008, Gandhi had
requested Singh to consider a decision on proposal of Left
Front Government in Kerala to take over the administration of
the famous Padmanabha Swamy temple at Thiruvananthapuram.
"This matter had perhaps been raised with you by Shri
Marthanda Varma of the former royal family of Travancore when
you had visited Kerala. I recall that Indiraji had in the past
intervened in favour of the former royal family regarding the
administration of this temple which has been traditionally
with the former ruler of Travancore and his descendants.
"You may like to have this matter urgently looked into so
that the traditional rights of administration are not
disturbed," she had said.
On October 7, 2008, Gandhi had asked the Prime Minister
to consider a contribution for the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation.
"The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation has been established as a
leading institution for promotion of ethnic and racial
harmony, drawing from a rich experience of anti-apartheid
struggle of South Africa. The foundation has the endorsement
of Nelson Mandela.
"Ahmed Kathrada spent over 26 years in prison and is a
recipient of several awards. His life-long sacrifice for the
noble cause of securing freedom from colonialism and apartheid
is universally acknowledged.
"Given India's special relationship with South Africa
and our historic association with the anti-apartheid movement,
I would like to suggest that the Government may consider a
contribution of an appropriate amount for the Foundation," she
First Published: Sunday, July 04, 2010, 18:15