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Vajpayee to tell all in a book

FORMER PRIME minister A.B. Vajpayee is working on a book that will give his side of the story on key events, including the failed Agra summit and the Pokhran tests, which took place during his tenure.

india Updated: Jun 22, 2006 14:42 IST

FORMER PRIME minister A.B. Vajpayee is working on a book that will give his side of the story on key events, including the failed Agra summit and the Pokhran tests, which took place during his tenure.

The "short volume" in Hindi is likely to be released in October with its English translation, sources close to the BJP leader said.

The book would cover all important events and major projects of the NDA government at that time. "Vajpayee would seek to explain what prompted those decisions,” a source said.

Vajpayee also shared his book plans with noted writer and India's candidate for the post of UN secretary-general, Shashi Tharoor, when the latter called on him on Wednesday.

After the meeting, Tharoor said: "We discussed about writing. I wanted him to write some more poetry. He confided in me that he is working on a book... in fact his memoirs. So I hope that the world will await that with interest."

The book may also carry references to Kargil, the Kandahar hijack and the post-Godhra violence, which Vajpayee himself has admitted to have contributed to NDA's debacle in the last Lok Sabha polls.

The reference to Kandahar would be of wide interest in the wake of L.K. Advani's recent attempts to distance himself from "soft decision" on it.