“Can’t Differentiate Between AM, PM”: Sharmistha Mukherjee reveals in her book titled “Pranab, my father”

Pranab Mukherjee questioned the ability of Rahul Gandhi to lead his congress party and said that he was in fact disappointed by “frequent disappearing acts”. It has been revealed in a new book written by Congress veteran Pranab Mukherjee’s daughter Sharmishtha Mukherjee.

Sharmishta Mukherjee has been a former Congress leader. She wrote in her book “Pranab My Father”, about father’s critical comments on Congress leader, Rahul Gandhi and his take on his relationship with Gandhi family.

It has been revealed in the book about the late President’s meet with Rahul Gandhi while he was out for a morning walk. Its written, “One morning, during Pranab’s usual morning walk in the Mughal Gardens (now Amrit Udyan), Rahul came to see him. Pranab disliked any interruptions during his morning walks and puja. Nevertheless, he decided to meet him. It turned out that Rahul was actually scheduled to meet Pranab later in the evening, but his (Rahul’s) office mistakenly informed him that the meeting was in the morning. I came to know about the incident from one of the ADCs. When I asked my father, he commented sardonically, ‘If Rahul’s office can’t differentiate between ‘a.m’ and ‘p.m’, how do they hope to run the PMO one day?'”

The book also features some pages of Pranab Mukherjee’s diary that includes his ideas and thoughts which he had about the contemporary India. The former president who breathed his last in August, 2020, has worked with three generations of Gandhis.

The book also recalls one incident where Pranab Mukherjee was made to wonder about Rahul Gandhi. He “was conspicuously absent during the flag-raising ceremony at the AICC on the party’s 130th Foundation Day on 28 December 2014, barely six months after the Congress’s loss in the general elections”, writes Sharmishtha Mukherjee.

But, while critically passing some remarks about Rahul Gandhi, Sharmishtha Mukherjee also appreciates Rahul’s efforts by writing: “Though Pranab was critical of Rahul and seemed to have lost faith in his ability to revive the Congress, one thing is undeniable. Had Pranab been alive today, he would have definitely appreciated Rahul’s dedication, tenacity, and the outreach during the Bharat Jodo Yatra. This 145-day Yatra, spanning over 4,000 km, has arguably positioned Rahul as a highly credible face of the political narrative countering bigotry.”

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