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Not averse to politics,says Pranab daughter

Sharmistha addressed a series of rallies for Congress in Delhi,which is going to polls on December 4.

President Pranab Mukherjee’s daughter Sharmistha Mukherjee Monday said she was not averse to joining active politics,which was “much more than just contesting elections”.

Amid speculations that she may contest the upcoming general elections,Sharmistha addressed a series of rallies for Congress in Delhi,which is going to polls on December 4.

“I belong to a political family. How can I be averse to politics,” Sharmistha was quoted as saying by agencies to a question on whether her campaigning for the Congress indicated that she was not averse to joining politics.

Indicating perhaps for the first time that she was ready to don a new mantle,she said,“Politics is much more than about only contesting.”

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Sharmistha had campaigned for her brother Abhijeet Mukherjee when he contested the by-elections from Jangipur parliamentary constituency in West Bengal after the seat fell vacant when Pranab Mukherjee,who represented the seat,was elected as the President.

Sharmistha said she campaigned for Congress because she “belongs to the Congress family”. Besides,she felt that it was her “duty” as she felt Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has done a lot for Delhi. She accompanied the CM and shared dais with her before addressing meetings along with Congress general secretary in-charge of Delhi Shakeel Ahmed.

Sharmistha is learnt to have spoken both in Bangla and Hindi with party leaders introducing her as “Congress ke bahut purane leader ki suputri (the daughter of a veteran Congress leader).”

Abhijit,too,has been roped in by party to conduct door-to-door contact programmes in Bengali-dominated areas in the national capital. However,Sharmishtha’s increased participation has been watched with curiosity as this is the first time,she is participating in political rallies and meetings outside West Bengal.