Former president Pranab Mukherjee’s daughter Sharmistha Mukherjee touched upon his assessment of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi at an event, exposing some bitter truth.
“Even Pranab Mukherjee opposed Rahul Gandhi’s move of tearing an Ordinance copy in the Parliament in 2013,” Sharmishtha said at the launch of her book ‘Pranab My Father: A Daughter Remembers’.
In April 2013, the Supreme Court held that MPs and MLAs convicted with a minimum two-year sentence would be immediately disqualified from the house without getting three months to appeal, as was the case until then. Months later that year, the ruling Congress government in the Centre pushed an ordinance that sought to overturn the rule that disqualifies convicted MPs and MLAs.
She said, “I was the one to break the news (about tearing of the ordinance) to him. He was so angry.”
“Anyone would agree that the trashing of the ordinance by Rahul Gandhi was extremely arrogant and politically immature. Principally my father was also against the ordinance, but he said ‘who is Rahul Gandhi to do that? He was not even part of the Cabinet’, she said.
Opposing party’s decision Gandhi called the move a “complete nonsense”. He said the ordinance should be “torn and thrown out”, and then in a stunning move at the press conference, he tore a piece of paper.