New Delhi, Jun 11: Pranab Mukherjee is not going to rejoin politics, his daughter and Congress leader Sharmishtha Mukerjee said on Sunday. Her statement came in the wake of Shiv Sena’s comment that the RSS might propose former president’s name as Prime Minister in case the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) failed to get a majority in the Lok Sabha Elections 2019.
Shiv Sena on Sunday said the RSS could pitch Mukherjee as a prime ministerial candidate for 2019 Lok Sabha elections. “The scenario prevalent in the country is such that the BJP will not win a majority in 2019. If there is a fractured mandate and other parties do not support Modi, Mukherjee will be projected as a prime ministerial candidate, who will be acceptable to all,” Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut told PTI.
“In any case, BJP will lose a minimum of 110 seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections,” he reportedly said.
Reacting to the Sena leader’s statement, the former president’s daughter and Congress leader Sharmistha Mukherjee tweeted: “Mr. Raut, after retiring as President of India, my father is NOT going to enter into active politics again.” Raut said Mukherjee, during his address at the RSS headquarters in Nagpur, was expected to speak on serious issues plaguing the country since the former president is also an economist.
“Pranab Mukherjee did not speak on serious issues plaguing the country. He also did not talk about the unrest in the judiciary. The government has been ineffective on the issues of price rise and unemployment. He did not mention these issues. As an economist, he was expected to speak on them,” Raut also added.
The Shiv Sena leaders statement comes just two days after BJP president Amit Shah met Shiv Sena supremo Uddhav Thackeray at ‘Matoshree’ in Mumbai.
Mukherjee, on June 7, attended the Third Year Sangha Shiksha Varga (SSV) event as chief guest at RSS headquarters in Nagpur and addressed the workers there.
The former president’s decision to address the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s (RSS) “Shiksha Varg” and attend the organisation’s drill on Thursday did not go down well with the Congress leaders initially, though the party, later, lauded Mukherjee’s speech.