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Natwar not speaking the truth: Cong

Spokesman Singhvi says the former minister should stop his "flip-flop-flip".

india Updated: Aug 11, 2006 22:08 IST

Congress on Friday night accused suspended leader Natwar Singh of "not speaking the truth" on the expansion of the delegation during his controversial visit to Iraq to include his son Jagat and Andaleeb Sehgal.

"Natwar is completely wrong and not speaking the truth" on the issue," party spokesman Abhishek Singhvi said adding that inclusion of Jagat and Andaleeb was "unauthorised" and never discussed with the Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

Besides, he said when Natwar wrote the three letters, which are at the heart of the controversy, it was never discussed with Gandhi and "never authorised by the Congress or the Congress President."

Singhvi said the former External Affairs Minister should decide what stand to take and should stop his "flip-flop-flip".

Addressing a press conference, Natwar Singh said his visit to Iraq in January 2001 was purely a "political" and there was no discussion on contracts, vouchers, bank accounts and receipts.

Besides, he said "Jagat and Andaleeb were never a part of the delegation."

First Published: Aug 11, 2006 13:38 IST