Pranab Mukherjee blamed Congress’ ‘lack of focus’ for 2014 debacle

In the fourth volume of his autobiography titled, ‘The Presidential Years (2012-2017)’, previous President Pranab Mukherjee had blamed the Congress get together for dropping its emphasis, right after his elevation to the post of the President. The new book of Pranab Mukherjee, who handed absent on August 31 this 12 months, is slated to be released in January 2021.

On Friday, publisher Rupa Publications shared excerpts from the much-expected book wherein President Mukherjee had produced generating scathing observations about his former celebration. “We are delighted to announce the publication of ‘The Presidential Years’ by Pranab Mukherjee. Releasing in January 2021. ‘The Presidential Years’ provides us a glimpse of President Pranab Mukherjee at his greatest,” the publication tweeted.

Pranab Mukherjee attributed Congress’ decline of 2014 elections to deficiency of ‘political focus’, slammed Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi

The previous President narrated how various Congress leaders thought his lack of elevation to the article of the Key Minister in 2004 was liable for the defeat of the the moment-formidable Congress social gathering in the 2014 General Elections.

Pranab Mukherjee recounted, “Some users of the Congress have theorized that, had I turn out to be the PM in 2004, the celebration may possibly have averted the 2014 Lok Sabha drubbing. Nevertheless I do not subscribe to this look at, I do think that the party’s management shed political focus following my elevation as President.”

When blaming top brass of Congress leaders for the debacle, Mukherjee added, “While Sonia Gandhi was not able to deal with the affairs of the party, Dr Singh’s prolonged absence from the Household place an stop to any own get in touch with with other MPs.” It is pertinent to mention that Congress tally in the 2014 elections experienced minimized to a dismal 44.

As for each the e-book excerpts, Pranab Mukherjee pointed out how the absence of governance, on the aspect of Manmohan Singh who was fast paced in coalition politics, price tag them the well-liked vote. Though emphasising on dissimilarities in between Singh and incumbent PM Narendra Modi, President Mukherjee wrote, “While Dr Singh was preoccupied with conserving the coalition, which took a toll on governance, Modi appeared to have used a rather autocratic design of governance for the duration of his initial expression, as witnessed by the bitter marriage between the federal government, the legislature and the judiciary.”

Even though cautioning the existing political dispensation, he highlighted, “Only time will explain to if there is a greater comprehension of such issues in the next term of this govt..” He had authored 3 other memoirs titled, ‘The Dramatic Several years: The Indira Gandhi Years’, ‘The Turbulent Years: 1980-1996’ and ‘The Coalition A long time: 1996-2012.’

It is most likely due to this outlook for the previous President that the relationship amongst Sonia Gandhi and Pranab Mukherjee became sour. In 2019, when it was declared that the Bharat Ratna would be conferred on Pranab Mukherjee, Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh and Rahul Gandhi experienced exhibited staggering pettiness and resolved to keep absent from the award ceremony.

Even with an invitation prolonged from the Rashtrapati Bhavan, even former Congress President Rahul Gandhi stayed away from Pranab Mukherjee’s Bharat Ratna celebration.

Although it is not still obvious why he selected to skip the functionality felicitating one of the party’s veteran leaders, there were being speculations that it could be since of the reality that Mukherjee chose to attend an RSS event final calendar year. The previous President had hailed Hedgewar, the founder of the RSS as a ‘great son of Mother India’. Even back then Congress had shown displeasure at his choice. Whilst Rahul Gandhi selected to not even tweet his congratulations to Mukherjee, Manmohan Singh and Sonia had been also absent from the ceremony.