Pranab Mukherjee on relationship with Narendra Modi: We kept divergences to ourselves

Speaking before the President at the same function, PM Modi said he was fortunate to have got a chance to work with Mukherjee and said the latter had helped him in settling in Delhi in his new role as PM.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 3, 2017 12:54 pm
“It is not that there cannot be any divergence of view. Surely, there have been divergences of views. But we have been able to keep those divergences, if there be any, only to ourselves”, remarked the President Pranab Mukherjee.

Days before the end of his tenure, President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday spoke candidly about his relationship with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. During the launch of his book ‘President Pranab Mukherjee – A Statesman’ at Rashtrapati Bhavan, Mukherjee said that divergences with Modi did not hamper the President-Prime Minister relationship.

“Little more than 3 years, we have acted in close cooperation. It is not that there cannot be any divergence of view. Surely, there have been divergences of views. But we have been able to keep those divergences, if there be any, only to ourselves. It did never find any place anywhere and it did not affect the relationship between the President and the PM, between the titular head and the actual head of the administration and council of ministers,” Mukherjee said, expressing his “deep gratitude and appreciation” to the prime minister.

Speaking before the President, Modi, who launched the book, said he was fortunate to have got a chance to work with Mukherjee. He also added that Mukherjee had helped him in settling in Delhi in his new role as PM. “PranabDa ki ungli pakadake Delhi ki zindagi mein apne aap ko set karne me bahut badi suvidha mili (I was fortunate to get Pranab Mukherjee’s guidance to be able to settle in Delhi),” Modi said.

While talking about the book, PM Modi said, “The Presidency is much more than protocol. Through the photographs in the book, we see the human side of our President & we feel proud.” He added, “Two pictures of Bapu, one with a broom and the other, seeing something through a microscope, shows what a diverse personality he had.”

Addressing the gathering, PM Modi remarked, “It is my view that we can be more history-conscious as a society. We can preserve aspects of our history much better.” He added, “Even today, to study about India our scholars have to go abroad and access the libraries there.”

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  1. V
    Jul 3, 2017 at 11:43 pm
    Its all righ but Modi needs to answer the follwoing question if BJP wants tog et relected. I the one who never voted any oen BUT JAn SANGH_ BJP will not vote this time for BJP if Modi fails to answer follwoign questiosn 1. Why was GAIkwad not arrested as a terrorist when he trhased AI employee and took over the plane? ( What woudl have happned to a common man?) 2. Why his Civila aviation Ministry formulated protocols fo VIPs when Modi todl us that there are no VIPs in India was he making fool of common Indians? 3. why was the Police Officer was trnasfered in UP for givign socalled chalan to BJP worker? Modi you still have tiem to correct the course and apply the law equally to all if the law can nto be applied to Gaikwad hwo can ask equal law to allr eligions. If Modi cannot answer RSS shoudl find different leader or poeople liek will find another party to vote.
    1. K
      Jul 3, 2017 at 4:00 am
      The nation at this critical juncture needs a President him. He has the decades of experiences in central govt functioning, well educated, with experiences in all the key ministries, except the office of PM. If he had been given the office of PM in 1985/86 Indian would have advanced much more than it is today. He should have been a second term to continue. He is a person with significant knowledge, experiences to take a balanced decision in a critical situation.
      1. A
        Jul 3, 2017 at 1:52 am
        When Ms. Sharmistha Mukherjee was asked recently what had been her father's greatest contribution as president, she thought for a moment and then said, he had opened up Rashtrapati Bhavan to the general public, made it more accessible.
        1. S
          Jul 2, 2017 at 11:36 pm
          Is he not the same person who saw cold water being thrown on young kids in December winter morning, when they approached him to support nirbhaya ? Why didn't he silence his stupid son, who was all out to insult women ? What one good thing he did for a man on Street ?There is nothing to remember about him, when he was President. He will simply disappear in history like Pratibha Patil.
          1. A
            Jul 2, 2017 at 11:05 pm
            Pranab Mukherjee,our President is the most Precious President that India has.he has maintained the dignity of Post unlike many others in the Past.Though he was from Congress Party but never felt he is bias.He is fatherly figure.No one could say he was Rubber stamp but a man of Authority.It was misfortune that Congress party did not use his services like BJP using services of Narendra Modi.Physically he is small figure but with knowledge and experience he is the most towering personality in India.His authority is in his personality rather than as the President of India.
            1. J
              John Johnny
              Jul 2, 2017 at 9:46 pm
              The bonhomie shared between President MUKHERJEE and PM MODI was one of the best ones in recent times. I wonder if it is going to be the same with KOVIND or MEIRA....
              1. A
                Jul 2, 2017 at 9:46 pm
                Awww So muchhhhhhh of dramaaaaaaaa. I am aldo emotional right now. Where's the tissue box? #NAUTANKI S A A L A
                1. R
                  Jul 3, 2017 at 12:04 am
                  Some people are incapable of appreciating fine human qualities, may be because they don't have any. They see only negatives in everything!
                2. T
                  Jul 2, 2017 at 9:01 pm
                  a great president hangs its boot. He would have made a great PM than manmohan Singh. bon voyage sir!!
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