Pranab Mukherjee, who passed away at 84 on August 31 after he said that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and underwent a brain surgery on August 10, has had a long political innings, most of which he spent with the Congress party.
In recent years, however, observers have noted that the relationship between the Congress veteran and the Grand Old Party had turned a little uncomfortable if not entirely sour.
These were not just mere murmurs and whispers, but there were public displays of discomfort as well: the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) invitation to Mukherjee for an event, and his acceptance of it; and the Bharat Ratna being conferred upon him under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's dispensation must have caused a lot of heartburn to Congress leadership, experts have suggested.
Not that that was the first time Mukherjee has been at odds with his party. While he stood rock-solid with former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, even through the Emergency period, after her assassination in 1984, his relationship with the party became uneasy for some time.