Former prime minister Manmohan Singh on Friday admitted that former President Pranab Mukherjee had every reason for grievance at being ignored for prime ministership.
This, he said, despite knowing that he was more qualified. Singh added that however, he knew “I had no choice” in the matter, and that helped smoothen the relationship.
Singh’s comments came at the launch of Mukherjee’s book, The coalition years, in the presence of Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her deputy Rahul Gandhi left the audience in splits.
“In 2004 when Soniaji chose me to become the prime minister, Pranabji was one of the most distinguished colleagues that I had.
“He had every reason to feel a grievance that he was better qualified than I was to become the prime minister, but he also knew that I have no choice in the matter,” the former prime minister said as the audience, including Sonia Gandhi and Rahul, burst into guffaw.>