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Pranab right to be upset after Sonia chose me for PM: Manmohan

13 October 2017, 09:18 | Glen Norman

Pranab Mukherjee was more qualified to become PM, had reasons to be upset, says Manmohan Singh

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"We ran government as cohesive team of which Pranab Mukherjee was the most important member", he added. The book tracks Mukherjee's journey from 1996 and explores the highs and lows that characterized 16 years of "one of the most tumultuous periods in the nation's political history", according to the synopsis.

Singh, who was an economist and Rajya Sabha MP was chosen to be the Prime Minister of India in 2014 after Sonia Gandhi sacrificed the top office job.

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The Congress party helped Pranab Mukherjee in becoming the President of the country in 2012. He retired in July this year. I became a politician by accident", Singh said at a function to release Mukherjee's book "The Coalition Years: "1996-2012". Speaking at the function, the former PM said, "There are many reasons why Mukherjee would have been a better PM. didn't have a choice".

"It was hard to have one coalition within and another outside. I am a party activist.I have tried to not bring my personal life, my family or any personal matter into the narrative". He said running the coalition government seemed hard but everything worked out smoothly. However, Singh said his appointment as the Prime Minister did not lead to any bad blood between the two and he still enjoyed good relations with Mukherjee. "That is a great trust", Mr Mukherjee had said during a media interview.

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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 is a politician by choice". He said if the UPA government ran smoothly, a large measure of credit would go to Pranab Mukherjee. Various other leading Congress leaders including Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi were present at the event, reported ANI. 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.

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