Senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh is set to come out with another 'insider's account.'
The topic of Ramesh's latest book is a mega political event that gripped the inner corridors of Congress leadership, sapped considerable political and administrative energy of UPA-II regime during its dying months, scripted a dramatic and violent chapter inside Parliament and, finally, led to the downfall of a trusted Congress citadel: The bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh and the birth of Telangana .Ramesh told ET his book will be out by February 2016.
Earlier this year, Ramesh came out with another insider's account — To the Brink and Back: India's 1991 Reforms Story — a book based on his first-person account of how exactly PV Narasimha Rao-Manmohan Singh team kickstarted Indian economic reforms, braving many challenges.
If Ramesh wrote that book by tapping his ringside view of those historic events courtesy his brief stint at Rao's PMO, for his latest book, he has used the insight as a member of the group of ministers that carried out the tedious drafting of the bifurcation bill, braving nail-biting negotiations, moments of near slips between the cup and the lip and intriguing political check-mating.
The book will give, according to Ramesh, an insider account of how the UPA regime, especially Congress pointsmen, executed the most challenging part of pushing the bill through in Parliament, braving allout blockade from Congress MPs of Andhra, serial disruptions on the floor, the unforgettable 'pepper-spray' attack in LS that sent some MPs to hospital and prepared the ground for suspension of obstructions.
The book will also dwell, according to the author, on the behind-the-scene negotiations UPA leaders held with LK Advani, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley to get the bill passed finally .