Af­ter So­nia re­fused PM­ship, preva­lent ex­pec­ta­tion was that I should be next choice: Pranab Mukher­jee

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New Delhi: For­mer prime min­is­ter Man­mo­han Singh has said ex-pres­i­dent Pranab Mukher­jee had ev­ery rea­son for griev­ance at be­ing ig­nored for prime min­is­ter­ship de­spite be­ing more qual­i­fied but knew “I had no choice” in the mat­ter, and that smoothened their re­la­tion­ship.

Singh’s com­ments at the launch of Mukher­jee’s book — ‘The coali­tion years — in the pres­ence of Congress pres­i­dent So­nia Gandhi and her deputyRahulGand­hileft­theau­di­en­cein splits. “In 2004, when So­ni­aji chose me to be­come the prime min­is­ter, Pran­abji was one of the most dis­tin­guished col­leagues that I had. He had ev­ery rea­son to feel a griev­ance that

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