Pranab Mukherjee’s son and daughter on Twitter spat on his memoirs

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |

Updated: December 15, 2020 8:34:07 PM

The former president and longtime leader of the Congress died on August 31 at the age of 84, following complications from COVID-19. (Express photo by Renuka Puri)

A book, “Presidential Years,” by former late President Pranab Mukherjee, set to be released in January next year, saw an argument between his son Abhijit Mukherjee and daughter Sharmishtha Mukherjee, both members of Congress.

While Abhijeet, in a tweet, asked the publisher – Rupa – to stop publishing the memoir, as well as “motivated excerpts” without his written consent, Mukherjee’s daughter, on the other hand, asked her brother not to create “obstacles”. useless”.

“I, the Son of the author of the Memorandum Presidential memoirs Please kindly stop publishing the memoirs, as well as motivated excerpts that are already floating in certain media platforms without my written consent, ”Abhijit, a former member of Congress, said in a tweet.

“Since my father no longer exists, I, his son, want to go through the contents of the final copy of the book before it is published, as I believe, if my father had lived today, he would have done the same,” he wrote. on Twitter. Being his son, Abhijit said he asked the publishers to stop publishing immediately.

In response, Sharmishtha said that her father completed the manuscript before he became ill and that the final version of the book contained her father’s handwritten notes and comments that were strictly followed.

“The final draft contains my father’s handwritten notes and comments that were strictly followed. His views are his own and no one should try to stop publishing them for cheap advertising. This would be the greatest disservice to our departed father, “she said in a tweet. She also corrected her brother, saying that the title of the book was “Presidential Years” and not “Presidential Memoirs.”

Memoirs have recently appeared in the news for Pranab Mukherjee’s critical remarks on Congress, including his observation that the party lost its political focus after its presidency.

“Some members of Congress have theorized that if I had become prime minister in 2004, the party could have avoided the Lok Sabha evasion of 2014. Although I do not agree with this view, I believe that the party leadership has lost its political focus. after my rise as president. While Sonia Gandhi failed to address the party’s problems, Dr. Singh’s prolonged absence from the House put an end to any personal contact with other lawmakers, “Mukherjee wrote.

“While Dr. Singh was concerned with saving the coalition, which influenced the government, Modi seemed to have used a rather autocratic style of government during his first term, as seen by the bitter relationship between government, the legislature and the judiciary. Only time will tell if there is a better understanding of such issues in the second term of this government. “

In the third volume of his memoirs, The Coalition Years, Mukherjee revealed that he believed he could have been elected to Congress as prime minister in 2012. Mukherjee passed away on August 31 at the age of 84. launched globally in January 2021.

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