Former Prez. Pranab Mukherjee revealed in the third part of his memoir “The Coalition Years:1996-2002” that “after the 2004 election victory there was intense speculation in the party that that I would be the next choice for prime minister after Sonia Gandhi declined.
This expectation was possibly based on the fact that I had extensive experience in govt.”
Speaking on the release of his autobiography, Mukherjee said: “I cannot claim to have the objectivity of a historian, which I am not. I am a party activist… I have tried to not bring my personal life, my family or any personal matter into the narrative.”
Former prime minister Manmohan Singh, Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, and leaders of other political parties were at the function. Mukherjee’s memoir is the third in the series. The other two are — The Dramatic Decade: The Indira Gandhi Years and The Turbulent Years: 1980-1996