Dialogue with those he disagreed with, struggle for free India, marked his political life.
Mukherjee has already penned his pre-Rashtrapati Bhavan political journey in some detail. But the curiosity about the contents of his diary remains high, especially after Mukherjee’s headline-making visit to the RSS headquarters in Nagpur recently.
The Samajwadi Party was unrepresented at the event. UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, too, was not present —she is yet to return from abroad. The toast of the event was Mukherjee, who came face to face with Rahul for the first time at a public event since his visit to the RSS headquarters.
This time, while leaders of almost all the like-minded parties have been invited, Delhi Chief Minister and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal is reportedly not on the guest list.
The Iftar, coming at a time when the opposition is aiming for an anti-BJP alliance ahead of the 2019 general elections, is expected to see a host of leaders from all opposition parties and of all faiths.
Pranab Mukherjee’s decision to address RSS meet in Nagpur need not perturb the Congress. He did not go there as a representative of the party.
Besides Pranab Mukherjee’s daughter Sharmishtha Mukherjee expressing displeasure, his son Abhijit Mukherjee is also upset.
Sena’s remarks come days after BJP chief Amit Shah and Sena president Uddhav Thackeray’s marathon meeting at the latter’s residence Matoshree in Mumbai amid strained relationship between the two allies.
Reacting to the Shiv Sena leader’s remarks, Sharmistha Mukherjee posted on Twitter: “Mr. Raut, after retiring as President of India, my father is NOT going to enter into active politics again.”
Pranab Mukherjee rewrote history on Friday. He washed away all the sins of the RSS. From now on, no stigma attaches to the RSS even for the assassination of Gandhiji for which the RSS was acquitted (though the Congress would like you not to know).
A day after Manish Tewari asked Mukherjee to explain why he chose to visit the RSS headquarters and deliver “homilies on nationalism” despite cautioning young Congressmen like him against the Sangh, the Congress leader said the Hindutva organisation would use the images in the furture if not today.
Pranab Mukherjee’s acceptance of the RSS invitation had generated tremendous anxiety within the Congress, the party to which he belonged before becoming President. In fact, several senior party leaders had expressed surprise, disbelief and even criticised his decision to visit the RSS headquarters.
At Nagpur, Pranab Mukherjee lost an opportunity. Mohan Bhagwat seized it
Sharmistha Mukherjee, the president of the Delhi Congress women’s wing, alleged the right-wing organisations’ dirty tricks departments were at work in full swing.
However, former Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Pravin Togadia slammed the Congress veteran for not talking about the views of RSS founder Keshav Baliram Hedgewar and Vinayak Damodar Savarkar on nationalism during his address at the RSS headquarters.