As he retires from active politics,UPAs Presidential nominee Pranab Mukherjee believes the older generation should make room for the younger in national politics. As for the vacuum created by his exit,he feels he was never indispensable and nature has its own way of filling the void.
Speaking at the War and Peace programme of Doordarshan News that was telecast on Sunday,Mukherjee said the younger generation should come forward and play an important role in national politics. I would like to recommend that the older generations should make room for the younger generation to come and play their due role, he said.
The senior Congress leaders remarks came ahead of a reshuffle in the Union Cabinet as also an organisational revamp in the ruling party. While the Cabinet reshuffle is expected after Monsoon Session of Parliament,a lot of jockeying has been on for the Finance portfolio,which has been kept by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for now.
While Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh recently wrote to Congress president Sonia Gandhi and general secretary Rahul Gandhi recommending a set of measures to fix the economy,many other ministers have,interestingly,gone vocal about their views on the economy,of late. The impending Cabinet reshuffle is likely to witness changes in the portfolios of many ministers. With the recent resignation of Virbhadra Singh in the wake of a court framing charges against him in a corruption case,there is one more vacancy in the Cabinet. The DMK is also said to be keen to fill up the vacancies created by the resignation of A Raja and Dayanidhi Maran over allegations of corruption. The ruling dispensation at the Centre is said to be inclined to go for an image makeover of the UPA-II government through a comprehensive overhaul and make a fresh beginning after three years of its tenure that remained mired in alleged scams and scandals.
While Rahul Gandhi is unlikely to join the government,he could be given a bigger responsibility in the organisation. Sources said the party high command was inclined to appoint him working president or vice-president of the Congress,but the young leader was yet to make up his mind.
At the War and Peace programme,Mukherjee said there was a move for a broad bipartisan consensus on the countrys economic policies.