Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Pranab was most qualified to be PM: Manmohan Singh

Pranab was most qualified to be PM: Manmohan Singh

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Friday that ex-President Pranab Mukherjee had every reason to be aggrieved at being ignored for prime ministership despite being more qualified but he knew "I had no choice" in the matter, and that smoothened their relationship.

Union Human Resource Development Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar presented a book "Guru-Sangraha" which is a compilation of convocation addresses given by Shri Pranab Mukherjee to Shri Pranab Mukherjee, former President of India in New Delhi today.

"I became a politician by accident when PV Narasimha Rao invited me to become Finance Minister.Pranab Mukherjee is a politician by choice and he is one of the greatest politicians living in our country", he said. In the book, Mr Mukherjee says he had a "vague" feeling that Congress president Mrs Sonia Gandhi wanted to nominate Manmohan Singh as the UPA presidential candidate in 2012 and make him the Prime Minister. Speaking at the function, the former PM said, "There are many reasons why Mukherjee would have been a better PM. didn't have a choice". "Pranab Mukherjee is a politician by choice and he is one of the greatest politicians living in our country".

"The former PM described Mukherjee as the" most distinguished living parliamentarian and Congressman", whom everyone in the party looked up to for discussing and resolving hard issues. "We ran the government as a cohesive team of which Pranab Mukherjee was the most important member", Singh added. Mr Mukherjee praised Dr Singh for successfully running a coalition government. Mrs Gandhi and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi were also part of the audience.

Mukherjee said in the book he has described the coalition years and tried not to bring in any personal matters.

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

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