The former president's third political memoir gives several accounts of how the UPA chairperson remained reluctant to approve his name for the country's top constitutional post despite often acknowledging that he was the "most suited" for the office
In his new book, 'The Coalition Years: 1996 to 2012', Mukherjee has said he disfavoured the Congress' 2003 decision to forge alliances to defeat the BJP in the 2004 general elections. He said his view remains unchanged even today.
In the third volume of his autobiography titled "The Coalition Years 1996-2012", he also feels the ruling NDA's "India Shining" campaign spawned the opposite outcome and the Vajpayee government was routed in an election against most reports predicting a majority to the BJP-led coalition.
Singh's comments at the launch of Mukherjee's book--'The Coalition Years'--in the presence of Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her deputy Rahul Gandhi left the audience in splits
Pranab Mukherjee's presidential term ended on July 25.
After offering floral tributes at the Mahatma's memorial, the 71-year-old leader returned to his 10, Akbar Road residence.
Vice President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, Union Ministers, Governors, Chief Ministers, Ambassadors and other diplomats, MPs and senior civil and military officers will be among those present.
The outgoing President stressed on the importance of education and said that the higher educational institutions in the country must promote "innovative thinking" and "autonomy of the mind".
Mukherjee said with the heightened complexity of administration, legislation must be preceded by scrutiny and adequate discussion.
Recalling his days as a member Parliament which he entered in 1969 as Rajya Sabha member, Mukherjee said by listening to stalwart in the Treasury and opposition benches, he understood the real value of debate, discussion and dissent.
Members of Parliament today bid adieu to outgoing President Pranab Mukherjee at a gala ceremony in the Central Hall of Parliament as leaders recalled his contribution in upholding democratic values
As the 13th president of India leaves the Rashtrapati Bhavan On Monday, making way for his successor Ram Nath Kovind, old friends recalled with fondness the many anecdotes that marked his long career in politics.
Mukherjee was speaking at the inauguration of three digital initiatives in the education sector - 'Swayam', 'Swayam Prabha' and National Academic Depository by ministry of human resource development.
The Jammu and Kashmir Goods and Services Tax Bill 2017 was adopted by the state assembly on Friday.
The PDP-BJP government had passed a resolution on Wednesday in the assembly after which the state cabinet under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti cleared a draft order for concurrence of the President.
President Pranab Mukherjee, PM Narendra Modi will deliver speeches, followed by the screening of two short films in the 1:15 hr long event that starts at 11 pm on June 30
After laying the foundation stone for a super speciality hospital here, he said creating better health infrastructure through investments has helped cure several diseases but "there remains a huge gap yet".
There is an urgent need for management education in India to complement training for entrepreneurship, the President said at a special session to commemorate All India Management Association's (AIMA) diamond jubilee year.
The book 'Mann Ki Baat: A Social Revolution on Radio' is a compilation of the PM's monthly radio addresses.
With Opposition parties set to meet on Friday to zero in on a consensus candidate for President, here's a look at the top contenders for the post.
The president was inaugurating the country's first-of- its-kind microgrid power project at the Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST) at Shibpur here that uses solar, wind and biogas energy to produce electricity.
In a congratulatory message to France's new President- elect, Emmanuel Macron, President Mukherjee said he was confident that the "long-standing friendship, mutual trust and understanding" between India and France would always thrive.
President Pranab Mukherjee has said there is an urgent need to strengthen the global counter-terrorism mechanism so that the menace can be fought jointly by the international community.
Nepal government has announced a public holiday today to mark her visit. As per custom, public holidays are announced in Nepal whenever the head of the state embarks on an official foreign visit.
The legislations were The Central GST Act, 2017, The Integrated GST Act, 2017, The GST (Compensation to States) Act, 2017, and The Union Territory GST Act, 2017, officials said today.