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Former President Pranab Mukherjee has written this book about his tenure in The Presidential Years. He also questioned the working style of Sonia and Manmohan. -File photo
The release of former President Pranab Mukherjee’s forthcoming book, The Presidential Years, has caused a rift between his son and daughter. Son Abhijit Mukherjee says the father’s book should not be published without his approval. At the same time, daughter Sharmishtha has said that the brother should not put any obstacle in the publication of this book. The book is coming to market next month.
The controversy began with the plaintiff complaining on social media. He has written a letter to the publishing house requesting them to stop printing the book. On this, Sharmishtha Mukherjee told Abhijit not to create unnecessary obstacles in publishing the last book written by his father.
He also said that Pranab Mukherjee has his own views. No one should try to stop them from being published for cheap publicity. This will cause a lot of trouble for our late father. The two had a discussion on social media.
Quotes were released last week
Pranab Mukherjee’s book The Presidential Years is coming from Rupa Publications. The publication House released excerpts from it last week. There were also reports in the media about this. President Pranab Mukherjee died between 2012 and 2017 in August this year.
Some parts of the book that have been published include Pranab Mukherjee’s views on the Congress’ poor defeat in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. He questioned Sonia Gandhi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s party and the way the government was run.
Abhijit said- first show me the final copy
Abhijeet Mukherjee had complained about the issue on social media.
On this, former Congress MP Abhijit Mukherjee declared these quotes sponsored on social media. He asked the publishing house to stop publishing the book. “I, as the son of the author of the book The Presidential Memoirs, urge you to stop publishing memoirs,” Abhijit said. Parts of it are running on media platforms without my permission.
Abhijit said he wanted to read the book before it was published. If he had a father, he would do the same. My father is no more, so as his son I want to see the final copy of the book. I request that this book not be published without my written consent as long as I cannot view this material. I have sent you a letter in this regard. It will reach you soon.
Sharmishtha told the brother the real name of the book
Soon after Abhijit, Sharmishtha Mukherjee also spoke.
To this, Pranab Mukherjee’s daughter Sharmishtha replied that she did not agree with her brother. He also said that the book was titled ‘The Presidential Years’, not the presidential memoirs written by Abhijit. Sharmishtha is also a Congress spokesperson.
“I am the daughter of the author of this memorable presidential year,” he said. I urge my brother not to interfere with the publication of the last book written by our father. He had finished writing before he became ill. This last book written by my father has handwritten 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 it, he comments on Congress, which lost power in 2014 after 10 years in government. Memorabilia Pranab Mukherjee has shared ties with two political opponents, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Narendra Modi, during his presidency.
According to an excerpt from the book released by the Publication House, he wrote that Dr. Singh was concerned about the grand coalition. This he did in his second term. According to Pranab Mukherjee, he lost his political focus after becoming the Congress president. When Sonia Gandhi could not handle the affairs of the party, Manmohan Singh’s long absence from the House ended his personal contact with the party’s MPs.