New Delhi: Goa governor Mridula Sinha on Friday said that some political leaders are accidental. Addressing women’s leadership forum in the coastal state, she said, “First of all, let us think how many types of leaders are there. I feel some leaders are accidental. There are such compulsions that all of a sudden, they are made leaders, without giving much thought.”

Her comments are seen as a veiled attack on former prime minister Dr. Manmohan Singh. Recently, a political row started after the movie ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ was released. The film is based on the life of a former prime minister.

She further said, “In appointing an ‘accidental leader’, much thought is not given to whether the leader understands issues, studies or analyses them and that only certain compulsions matter.”

‘The Accidental Prime Minister’, a film based on Singh’s tenure as India’s prime minister from 2004 to 2014, has become the epicentre of a political slugfest, with the Congress alleging it was the “BJP’s propaganda” against their party.

Earlier, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had targeted Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and said that if there is a movie on Accidental Prime Minister then there should be a movie titled as Disastrous Prime Minister. She said this while addressing a gathering in Barasat town.

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut had said, “After Narasimha Rao, if the country has got a successful Prime Minister, it is Manmohan Singh. I see him (Dr. Manmohan Singh) as a successful prime minister rather than an ‘accidental’ one”.

Dr. Manmohan Singh became the Prime Minister after Congress chief and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi refused to take the mantle.