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Has PM’s media adviser Baru resigned: Is election indicated?

Has Sanjay Baru, PM’s media adviser resigned? His action, similar to Shakti Sinha in the Vajpayee tenure, is an issue of hot debate in power centers. Only time will tell if we are likely to have elections after August: Breaking News.

CJ: Arindam Roy , 1 Apr 2008 Views:1365 Comments:0

SANJAY BARU, the media adviser to the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh has put in his papers, according to a buzz. He is slated to take up a teaching assignment in a Singapore University. According to highly placed sources, Baru exit, after August this year has fuelled speculation of election anytime after that.

Sources close to the PMO said that the former editor of Financial Express, who was responsible for Dr Singh’s public image, would teach economics in his next assignment. A doctorate from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Baru, is a respected journalist.
It is said that he was close to Dr Singh when he was a Finance minister during early Nineties. He was also a member of the National Security Advisory Board, other than being associated with leading newspapers.

A pattern is palpable. Earlier, just before the elections, Shakti Sinha, during Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s tenure as Prime Minister had jumped ship as well. He was the PM’s private secretary. A bureaucrat of the Union Territory cadre, he had taken up an assignment with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

PMO watchers opined that those near the power center are sure indicators of which way the wind is blowing. Just as Sinha hung his boots just before the Vajpayee government collapsed, is Baru too doing the same?

If Baru leaves after August is election far away, asked a highly placed source, with a smile and glint in his eyes.


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