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The photo is from 28 December 1983. Indira Gandhi was then presiding over the Calcutta session of the Congress. Pranab Mukherjee was sitting with her. It was Indira who brought Pranab into politics. (Photo Credit: India Today)
- Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said- Pranab Mukherjee was more capable for this post when I became Prime Minister.
- Pranab's name as the next Prime Minister was also in the news after Indira Gandhi's assassination, but the party chose Rajiv Gandhi
Pranab Mukherjee. His opponents in Indian politics also take his name with respect. Journey from a clerk and a teacher to political and presidential again. There were three occasions in Pranab's political career when he thought that he would become the Prime Minister, but three times Pranab da could not become the Prime Minister. How capable he was can be gauged from a statement by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Three years ago, Manmohan had said – When I became Prime Minister, Pranab Mukherjee was more capable for this post, but what could I do? I was chosen by Congress President Sonia Gandhi.
Here we are telling you about the political journey of Pranab and those three occasions when Pranab da could have reached the top of power i.e. the Prime Minister's post, but it could not happen.
1. Number 2 in Indira's cabinet, could not become Prime Minister after him
It is from 1969. On Indira's insistence, Pranab da first reached Parliament via the Rajya Sabha. Indira Gandhi was convinced of Pranab's understanding on political issues. This was the reason that he gave Pranab da the number two position in the cabinet. This also becomes special because in this cabinet R.K. Venkataraman, PV Narasimha Rao, Giani Zail Singh, Prakash Chandra Sethi and Narayan Dutt Tiwari were strong leaders.
Pranab's name as the next Prime Minister was also in the news after Indira Gandhi's assassination, but the party chose Rajiv Gandhi. Lok Sabha elections were held in December 1984. The Congress won 414 seats. Pranab did not find a place in the cabinet. Later he wrote – I was stunned when I came to know that I am not part of the cabinet. But, I handled myself nonetheless. Watched the oath taking ceremony on TV with wife.
Two years later, in 1986, Pranab formed the National Socialist Congress (RSC) in Bengal. Three years later, he reached an agreement with Rajiv and the RSC merged with the Congress.
2. The chance to become PM for the second time after seven years is out of hand
It is 1991. Rajiv Gandhi was killed. Congress returned to power after the election. It was believed that this time no other face than Pranab is a contender for the post of PM, but this time too the chance was lost. Narasimha Rao was made the Prime Minister. Pranab da was first appointed Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission and then Foreign Minister in 1995.
3. In 2004, Sonia selected Manmohan as Prime Minister in place of Pranab
Then came the year 2004. The Congress won 145 seats and the BJP 138, but it was considered a defeat for the BJP. The Congress relied on regional parties to form the government. Sonia Gandhi herself had the chance to become Prime Minister, but she did not do so. Pranab Mukherjee's name was again in the spotlight, but Sonia chose noted economist Manmohan Singh for the post of Prime Minister.
Pranab was number 2 in Manmohan's cabinet too
As of 2012, Mukherjee remained No. 2 in Manmohan Singh's cabinet. Pranab da handled the defense from 2004 to 2006, the foreign ministry from 2006 to 2009, and the finance ministry from 2009 to 2012. During this time he was also the Leader of the House in the Lok Sabha. His role in the UPA government was that of a troubleshooter. He became President by defeating PA Sangma in 2012. He received 70 percent of the total votes. Later, Pranab da once said – I have no qualms about not being Prime Minister. Manmohan was the most qualified person for this post.
Manmohan also admitted – Pranab was more qualified, but Sonia chose me
Manmohan had said in 2017, “When I became Prime Minister, Pranab Mukherjee was more capable for this post, but what could I do? I was chosen by Congress President Sonia Gandhi. I had no choice. Pranab has the right to complain of not making the Prime Minister. ”This was said by Manmohan at the release of Pranab's autobiography. Sonia and Rahul Gandhi were also present at the ceremony. Mother-son smiled after hearing Manmohan's talk.
Before joining politics, clerk was a teacher
Pranab da was respected as a scholarly character in Indian politics. He had degrees of history, political science and law. Worked as a clerk, journalist and teacher. Then in 1969, he entered politics, following his father's footsteps. He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan in 2008 and the Bharat Ratna in 2019.
Modi had said- We gave Pranab da Bharat Ratna for his work
Prime Minister Modi had said for Pranab da in Parliament last year, “Narasimha Rao, Manmohan Singh did not get Bharat Ratna in his (Congress) governments. No one from outside the family was found. Pranab da spent life for the country. We gave him Bharat Ratna for his work. Now when we talk about 125 crore countrymen, everyone comes in it. “