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Pranab Mukherjee was more qualified to become PM: Manmohan Singh

13 October 2017

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

Mukherjee said when he declined to join the government headed by Manmohan Singh, Sonia Gandhi asked him to be a part of it as he would be "vital to its functioning and also be of support of Singh". It is believed that it left Pranab Mukherjee miffed.

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.

"As Finance Minister we (Singh and Mukherjee) also worked closely".

The former prime minister described Mukherjee as the "most distinguished living parliamentarian and Congressman", whom everyone in the party looked up to for discussing and resolving ticklish and hard issues. He had every reason to feel the grievance that he was better qualified than I was to become the Prime Minister but he also knew that I had no choice in the matter.

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Pranab Mukherjee never publically expressed his reported disappointment.

Mukherjee recalled how, barring a few years in between, the Congress pulled on its own strength before the coalition era came in 1996 when Deve Gowda became the Prime Minister followed by I.K. Gujral and then NDA led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Singh said with their relation smoothened, they ran the government as a cohesive team. Mukherjee too reiterated the same and told India Today that during Singh's tenure as prime minister he was consulted on all important issues and seemed to depend on him.

Praising the book, Akhilesh Yadav said that it is like laying your hands on good notes before the examinations. He is the greatest politician living in the country.

Sonia's decision came as a surprise for many in the party and Opposition as she chose a junior Manmohan Singh over more experienced Pranab Mukherjee.

Pranab Mukherjee was more qualified to become PM: Manmohan Singh