Days after Rupa publishing house announced the launch of the final volume of memoirs of former President Pranab Mukherjee, his son and former Lok Sabha MP Abhijit Mukherjee demanded that the publication be halted until he gives his approval.
In a series of tweets, Mukherjee said the excerpts taken were “motivated” and that the former president would not have approved.
Hindustan Times contacted the publishers, but they declined to comment at this time. However an official on condition of anonymity confirmed to Hindustan Times that President Pranab Mukherjee had approved not only the final draft of the manuscript but also approved the cover a day before he was hospitalized.
Rupa has released some excerpts from The Presidential Years on Friday, in which he blames Congress leader Sonia Gandhi and then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for the destructive loss of the party in the 2014 general elections.
“Since my father no longer exists, I, being his son, want to look through the contents of the final copy of the book before its publication as I believe if my father were alive today, he would do the same,” Abhijit Mukherjee tweeted to publisher Kapish Mehra.
He then added “to ask you to immediately cease its publication without my written consent until I have reviewed its contents! I have already sent you a detailed letter in this regard, which will reach you shortly.”
The book to be published early next year is the fourth part of Pranab Mukherjee’s memoirs, which first appeared in 2014 when he was in Rashtrapati Bhawan. The above-mentioned official said the former president signed the first agreement with them in 2013 and the latest book contract was signed in 2018. “Mr Abhijit Mukherjee was nowhere on the picture,” the official said.
Another official who worked with the former president confirmed to Hindustan Times that President Mukherjee had approved the publication of the latest volume. They also confirmed that his daughter Sharmishta Mukherjee, who is also a congressman, was much more in exchange than her brother. Hindustan Times contacted her for comment, but she has not yet responded.
“While Dr. Singh was concerned with rescuing the ruling coalition, Modi appeared to have used a rather autocratic style of rule during his first term, as seen by the bitter relationship between the government, the legislature and the judiciary,” Mukherjee wrote. in the book, according to the published excerpts. “Only time will tell whether there is a better understanding of such matters in the second term of this government.”
The Congress Party has so far not responded to the details of the book or its revelations.