Pranab Mukherjee was better qualified than me to become PM: Manmohan Singh

Pranab Mukherjee was better qualified than me to become PM: Manmohan Singh

Speaking on the occasion Shri Prakash Javadekar said that Shri Pranab Mukherjee has always been a torchbearer for us and always focused on innovation, research and quality in the field of education.

"Pranab Mukherjee 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 matter. Pranab Mukherjee is a politician by choice and he is one of the greatest politicians living in our country".

At the launch of the former President's memoirs, The Coalition Years, which brought together key Opposition leaders on the same stage, Dr. Singh described Mr. Mukherjee as one of the greatest living Congressmen and parliamentarians, and recalled their association in the Finance Ministry since the early 1970s.

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.

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However, Pranab Mukherjee who became President in 2012 had said at the time of his nomination for country's top constitutional post that he was not upset after being overlooked for Prime Minister's job. He retired in July this year. Dr Singh came into politics when the then PM Narasimha Rao invited him to join the government as the finance minister.

Praising the book, Akhilesh Yadav said that it is like laying your hands on good notes before the examinations.

Singh said with their relation smoothened, they ran the government as a cohesive team.

The book, published by the National Book Trust, will be circulated to various higher learning institutes in the country, an official statement said.

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