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This act of Prime Minister's integrity finds a mention in a new book "Absolute Khushwant: The Low-Down on Life, Death and Most things In-between" written by the 95-year-old author Khushwant Singh.

In the book written along with Humra Quraishi, a columnist, the eminent author says, Manmohan Singh is the best Prime Minister India has had, even rating him higher than Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister.

 

"I really got to know him at the election he lost from South Delhi. This was in 1999", recounts Khushwant Singh.

 

"I was surprised and impressed because the son-in-law (of PM), whom my family knew, came to borrow some money-just two lakhs-to hire taxis that were needed for campaigning. They didn't have even that much to spare. I gave the money in cash," he added.

But days after the election, Manmohan Singh called him and asked for an appointment. He went to see him with a packet.

"''I haven't used the money,'' he said and handed me the packet with all the cash I had given his son-in-law. That kind of thing no politician would do!," he said.

Khushwant Singh said, "When people talk of integrity, I say the best example is the man who occupies the country's highest office."

 

 

 

 

 

 

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