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Former President Pranab Mukherjee has written about his tenure in the book The Presidential Years. In this, he also questioned the working style of Sonia and Manmohan. -File photo
The publication of former President Pranab Mukherjee’s upcoming book The Presidential Years has led to differences between his son and daughter. Son Abhijeet Mukherjee says that father’s book should not be published without his approval. At the same time, daughter Sharmishtha has said that brother should not put any hindrance in the publication of this book. This book is going to hit the market next month.
The controversy started with Abhijeet complaining on social media. He has written to the Publication House requesting him to stop printing the book. On this, Sharmishtha Mukherjee told Abhijeet not to create unnecessary interruptions in publishing the last book written by his father.
He has also said that Pranab Mukherjee has his own views. No one should try to prevent them from being published for cheap publicity. This will cause a lot of trouble to our late father. The debate between the two took place on social media.
Excerpts were released last week
Pranab Mukherjee’s book The Presidential Years is coming from Roopa Publications. Publication House released excerpts from it last week. There were also reports about this in the media. President Pranab Mukherjee, who was President from 2012 to 2017, died in August this year.
Parts of the book that surfaced also include Pranab Mukherjee’s views on the Congress’ worst defeat in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. He questioned Sonia Gandhi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on how to run the party and the government.
Abhijeet said- First show me the final copy
Abhijeet Mukherjee complained on this issue on social media.
On this, former Congress MP Abhijeet Mukherjee declared these excerpts on social media as sponsored. He asked the Publication House to stop publishing the book. Abhijeet said that I, as the son of the author of this book The Presidential Memoirs, request you to stop publishing the memoir. Parts of it are running on the media platform without my approval.
Abhijeet said that he wants to read the book before it is published. If he had a father, he would have done the same. My father is no more, so as his son I want to see the final copy of the book. Until I see the content, I request that this book not be published without my written consent. I have sent you a letter in this regard. He will reach you soon.
Sharmistha told the brother the correct name of the book
Shortly after Abhijeet, Sharmishtha Mukherjee also spoke.
To this Pranab Mukherjee’s daughter Sharmistha replied that he did not agree with his brother. He also mentioned that the book is named ‘The Presidential Years’ and not the Presidential Memoirs as written by Abhijeet. Sharmistha is also a Congress spokesperson.
He said that I am the daughter of the writer of this memoir The Presidential Years. I request my brother not to obstruct the publication of the last book written by our father. He completed it by writing before he became ill. This last book written by my father has hand written notes and some comments. He stood firmly with them.
Commentary on Congress, Manmohan and PM Modi in the book
This book will be the fourth installment of Pranab Mukherjee’s memoirs. In this, he has commented on the Congress which lost power in 2014 after 10 years in government. In the memoirs, Pranab Mukherjee has shared relationships with two anti-political prime ministers Manmohan Singh and Narendra Modi during his tenure as president.
According to the excerpts from the book released by the Publication House, he has written that Dr. Singh used to worry about the alliance. This is what he did in his second term. According to Pranab Mukherjee, Congress leadership lost political focus after he became President. When Sonia Gandhi could not handle the affairs of the party, Manmohan Singh’s prolonged absence in the House ended personal contact with party MPs.