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Pranab was most qualified to be PM: Manmohan Singh

Pranab was most qualified to be PM: Manmohan Singh

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. "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".

Praising Pranab Mukherjee, former prime minister of the country said, "He is a politician by choice and it comes naturally to him".

Curiously, the invitation for the book launch function has listed the names of CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury, CPI leader S. Sudhakar Reddy, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, BSP leader Satish Chandra Mishra, DMK leader Kanimozhi besides Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi. "I became a politician by accident when P V Narasimha Rao asked me to become the Finance Minister", he said. When Mr. Yechury described Pranab Da, as he fondly called the former President, as a "man with an elephant's memory", Congress president Sonia Gandhi sitting in the front row of the audience corrected it to "two elephants' memory". "We ran the government as cohesive team of which Pranab Mukherjee was the most imp member", Manmohan added.

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The book, published by the National Book Trust, will be circulated to various higher learning institutes in the country, an official statement said. "Beyond the challenges, complications and compulsions of coalition governments, this book is also a recollection of Mukherjee's journey as the Cabinet Minister in the key ministries of defence, external affairs and finance, beginning from 2004".

The book launch saw Opposition parties coming together. Akhilesh, who was recently re- elected the SP president, said people earlier dealt with his father Mulayam Singh Yadav but would now deal with him.