Yechury makes light of Gujral's claims



New Delhi: "Want to write your memoir, don't wait till 90."

This was the terse reaction of CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury on 91-year-old former Prime Minister I K Gujral's book in which he claimed that the Left parties had ditched Congress pesident Sonia Gandhi and forced her to call off plans to form a government in 1999.

Maintaining that he was present in the series of meetings during that period, Yechury said it was leaders like Mulayam Singh Yadav and Sharad Yadav who had objected to Congress forming government in the United Front days.

"You will also remember that Congress leaders like Sharad Pawar had opposed the idea and that was when the process of forming the NCP started," Yechury said.

"In that fluid situation, there were many people who were themselves waiting to become Prime Minister," he said.

The Left leader quipped, "My suggestion to young politicians will be that if you want to write your memoir, then do it early. Don't wait till 90".

PTI