Jaipur, Feb 5 (IANS) Former President Pranab Mukherjee’s daughter Sharmistha Mukherjee on Monday recalled that her father, a late Congress veteran, was quite sad about the present state of the great party during his last days.
He said this while speaking on a host of topics at the ‘Jaipur Literature Festival’ here.
Speaking about her book, ‘Pranab, My Father: A Daughter Remembers’, Sharmistha said the former president was a staunch fan of former prime minister Indira Gandhi, though, during her last days, he was quite sad about the state of affairs in Congress.
“My father had told Sonia Gandhi that it would have been better to be in the opposition than to have a weak government. If my father had been there, he would have been very upset with the current state of the Congress. This is the state of spirit.not only from him but from all the Congress leaders.
“I am also worried about the current situation. There are rumors about me joining the BJP, but I am not going anywhere. I am a staunch Congress worker,” she said.
Meanwhile, Sharmistha said former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should also get Bharat Ratna.
“He has made a major contribution in improving India’s economy. He should get ‘Bharat Ratna’. My father respected him a lot. Even after Manmohan Singh became Prime Minister, he used to lead- know my father as ‘Sir.’ not Gandhi’ to lead the Congress.
Sharmistha also spoke about the controversy surrounding her father’s visit to the RSS headquarters in Nagpur.
“Once my father went to Nagpur. He was active in the Congress then. I strongly opposed his visit to the RSS programme. I also had a fight with him on this issue. I asked him if he gave legitimacy to the RSS visiting there. Once he got irritated and said, ‘Who am I to give legitimacy to RSS?’ He then told me, “I had gone to the RSS program to explain the Congress ideology. There I spoke about the thoughts of the first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru,” he recalled.