Pranab da helped me understand issues, that’s why our govt could work well: PM Modi

PM Modi felicitated Pranab Mukherjee at a function for the outgoing President.

india Updated: Jul 24, 2017 22:02 IST
Saubhadra Chatterji
Saubhadra Chatterji
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Pranab Mukherjee,Prime Minister,Narendra Mod
President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi exchange greetings at the release of the special book "Various Reports, 4th Volume of Selected Speeches of the President", at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Monday. (PTI)

On the last day of Pranab Mukherjee’s presidency, Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised him for his guidance and said that the President helped him understand issues.

Modi said he felt “fortunate” that he could meet and freely talk with Mukherjee any time. “He listened to me patiently. He gave suggestions when required, but mostly encouraged me like a fatherly figure. He helped me a lot in understanding issues and that’s why we could do many important work,” Modi said at a function to felicitate the outgoing President.

Modi maintained that even as the President embarked upon a new innings, Mukherjee’s experience and wisdom were assets that would continue to guide the Prime Minister in future.

Modi acknowledged that even as the two leaders came from different background—referring to Mukherjee’s time with the Congress—they gelled well. “I have seen his work and personality. In these three years, I saw another side of Pranab da. He was in the government for so many years. But he never compared my government’s decision with the past or evaluated this government’s decision in the light of what happened earlier,” Modi added.

In one of his earlier speeches at Rashtrapati Bhavan, Modi had choked with emotion when he described how Mukherjee had held his hand and helped him set up in Delhi. On Monday, Modi spoke about how Mukherjee “moulded” him .

Praising Mukherjee’s work to restore Rashtrapati Bhavan to its old glory, Modi said “He made Rashtrapati Bhavan into Lok Bhaban because Pranab da is attached to people and the ground. He didn’t need to read books to understand the pulse of the people.”

First Published: Jul 24, 2017 22:02 IST