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Pranab Mukherjee was more qualified to become Prime Minister: Manmohan Singh

Pranab Mukherjee was more qualified to become Prime Minister: Manmohan Singh”

The book was formally released in the presence of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, Communist Party of India Marxist (CPI-M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury, CPI General Secretary Sudhakar Reddy, DMK leader M.K. Kanimozhi and Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav.

"He had a reason to feel upset but he respected me and we have a great relationship which will continue till we live", added ex-PM.

Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar here on Thursday presented to former President Pranab Mukherjee an anthology of his convocation addresses as the Head of State.

"Pranab knew I had no choice and any part in this decision", Manmohan Singh said.

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Congress President Sonia Gandhi had stunned everyone when she appointed former finance minister Manmohan Singh the prime minister of the country when UPA came to power in 2004. "Pranab ji was the most distinguished colleague that I had", he said. It is believed that it left Pranab Mukherjee miffed.

Praising Pranab Mukherjee, former prime minister of the country said, "He is a politician by choice and it comes naturally to him". "I became a politician by accident when PV Narasimha Rao invited me to become Finance Minister". The book tracks Mukherjee's journey from 1996 and explores the highs and lows that characterized 16 years of "one of the most tumultuous periods in the nation's political history", according to the synopsis. He said running the coalition government seemed hard but everything worked out smoothly.

Singh also underlined how his elevation did not impact the relations between them.

Akhilesh Yadav, in his brief speech, said Mukherjee's book would come in handy for young politicians like him when elections are due just like good notes ahead of exams.



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