Former Prime Minister and senior Congress leader Dr Manmohan Singh on Friday attended an event organised to launch a book on former President Pranab Mukherjee. While speaking at the event, Singh said, “Pranab Mukherjee is a politician by choice and he is one of the greatest politicians living in our country.” The former prime minister also shared the incident about how he stepped into politics. “I became a politician by accident when PV Narasimha Rao invited me to become Finance Minister.” Various other leading Congress leaders including Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi were present at the event, reported ANI.
“In 2004, Sonia ji chose me to be the Prime Minister. Pranab ji was the most distinguished colleague that I had,” ANI quoted Singh. he further complemented former President by saying, “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 matter.”
Singh also underlined how his elevation did not impact the relations between them. “Therefore, that smoothened our relationship. We ran government as cohesive team of which Pranab Mukherjee was the most important member,” he added.
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Singh was speaking at the launch of former President Mukherjee’s new book, ‘The Coalition Years: 1996-2012,’ in New Delhi. Earlier in the day, Mukherjee, for the first time after stepping down as the 13th President of India, spoke about various issues including economic, his relation with the BJP and Congress’ current situation.
Speaking during an interview with India Today earlier, Mukherjee said, “Congress is not confined to one section, it is a mass party.” He added that the party faced many problems during different phases but they bounced back. When asked about his experience with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government and PM Narendra Modi, he said, “I and PM Modi knew how to manage disagreements and how to keeps things to ourselves.”