Pranab Mukherjee was more qualified to become PM: Manmohan Singh

13 October, 2017, 21:16 | Author: Wade Massey
  • HRD Minister presents to ex-President anthology of his convocation addresses

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.

"It is absolutely (an account of) how I looked at men and matters as an active political participant", he added.

In an uncharacteristically candid speech, the reserved Manmohan Singh opened up about his relationship with his colleague and former President Pranab Mukherjee over the course of the Congress-led UPA's ten-year regime.

'He had every reason to feel a grievance that he was better qualified than I was to be PM, but he also knew I had no choice in the matter, ' ANI quoted Singh as saying.

Recollecting a conversation with Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, the former President pointed out that though Sonia admitted that Dr Manmohan Singh was the most suitable to be the President, she had reminded him of the crucial role he was playing in the functioning of the government and how he was needed there. "I took note of the fact that he was one of the senior most members of our party, was my senior most colleague and together with Sharad Pawarji and Pranab Mukherjeeji, I had the greatest regard and respect", he said during the launch. "I became a politician by accident when P V Narasimha Rao asked me to become the Finance Minister", he said.

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"It was hard to have one coalition within and another outside".

He was speaking at the launch of President Mukherjee's new book, 'The Coalition Years: 1996-2012, ' in Delhi.

Praising Pranab Mukherjee, former prime minister of the country said, "He is a politician by choice and it comes naturally to him".

"So before the elections, we have got this book on coalition governments which may come handy", he said.

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