Pranab right to be upset after Sonia chose me for PM: Manmohan

Lester Mason
October 13, 2017

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.

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

Incidentally, Pranab Mukherjee as the Finance Minister in 1982 had appointed Manmohan as the Reserve Bank Governor.

"After the Congress victory in General Elections 2004, the prevalent expectation was that I would be the next choice for prime minister after Sonia Gandhi declined", he told India Today in an exclusive interview.

Speaking on the occasion, Javadekar said: "Our former President Pranab Mukherjee has always been our torchbearer. We ran the government as a cohesive team of which Pranab Mukherjee was the most important member", he reminisced. PV Narasimha Rao invited me to become the finance minister.


He appreciated the idea of the publishers to get the book unveiled in the presence of major coalition partners of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) that ruled from 2004 to 2014 under the premiership of Manmohan Singh. 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.

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

"He is a politician by choice".

Manmohan Singh during the launch also mentioned that this appointment did not impact their relations. The function was attended by Congress President Sonia Gandhi, her deputy Rahul Gandhi, CPI (M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury, Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav, DMK leader Kanimozhi and CPI General Secretary S Sudhakar Reddy.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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