Sharmistha Mukherjee, the daughter of former President of India Paranab Mukherjee has said his father will never return to active politics.
Dismissing the suggestions that his recent visit to the RSS headquarters in Nagpur was an indication of his plans to return to politics, former President Pranab Mukherjee’s daughter and Delhi Congress spokesperson said. She also said, “after retiring as President of India, my father is not going to enter into active politics again.”
On a few earlier occasions too, she had voiced similar views– that it will be a big no to active politics, after his becoming the President in 2012.
The disclaimer is aimed at setting at rest, all speculations, that he was positioning himself as an agreed by all candidate in case BJP and NDA do not get a majority in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
Some reliable sources close to Mukherjee have clarified that he is not bound to return to politics under any circumstances.
Born 11 December 1935, Pranab Kumar Mukherjee is a stalwart Indian politician who served as the 13th President of India from 2012 until 2017. In a political career which is spread over almost six decades, Mukherjee had been a senior leader of the Indian National Congress and occupied several ministerial portfolios in the Government of India.
Before his election to the coveted post of President of the country, Mukherjee was Union Finance Minister from 2009 to 2012.
Mukherjee started his career in politics when in the year 1969, the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi got him elected to the Rajya Sabha, on a Congress ticket. He became one of Indira Gandhi’s most trusted lieutenants later, and a minister in her cabinet in next four years. During the period of Emergency of 1975–77, he was accused of committing excesses but came clean.
Mukherjee was sidelined from the Congress during the period of Rajiv Gandhi. Mukherjee was then viewed as the rightful successor to Indira following her assassination in 1984, but he did not get a taste of it. Dejected, he formed his own party, the Rashtriya Samajwadi Congress, which merged with the Congress in 1989 after a pact with Rajiv Gandhi. After Rajiv Gandhi’s death in 1991, Prime Minister P. V. Narasimha Rao appointed him Planning Commission head in 1991 and foreign minister in 1995.