Amarinder Singh releases his biography The People's Maharaja

Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh's biography, 'The People's Maharaja', was released in Chandigarh on Tuesday.

Amarinder Singh releases his biography The People

Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh's biography, 'The People's Maharaja', was released in Chandigarh on Tuesday.

The authorised biography of the erstwhile scion of Patiala royalty, authored by Chandigarh-based writer Khushwant Singh, sheds a new light on the sequence of events that led to the 1984 army action at Golden temple in Amritsar.

"The election posters projected him as Maharaja Amarinder Singh (for 1980 Lok Sabha that he won from Patiala) and the opposition was quick to use this horrific image against him. His perceived and often real inaccessibility to the public, consequent to his royal standing would, become the main poll plank. The charge has stuck till today. The posters, however, now term him as Captain Amarinder Singh," reads the book.

The book also delves into the politics that was at play when the former CM was parachuted as the Congress candidate from Amritsar in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. "Come 2014 and it wasn't only Amarinder strategizing his future moves. His detractors within Congress, too, had a smart plan up their sleeves to 'exile' him from Punjab's political scene forever. With run-up to the 2014 general elections indicating a distinct wave in favour of Narendra Modi, a scheme was devised to push for Amarinder Singh's candidature as Lok Sabha candidate from a constituency that was an Akali Dal BJP stronghold. The thinking was that another electoral loss would be enough to script Amarinder's political obituary," it reads.

"Interestingly, it wasn't only a section in the Congress but also a faction within the BJP was eager to see that Amarinder contested from Amritsar. This faction wanted Jaitley to lose the election. Such political subterfuges across party lines were building up and leading to circumstances beyond Amarinder's control. The last straw came when Sonia Gandhi spoke to him over the phone. 'Will you fight for me Amarinder?' is what she emphatically asked," it reads.