New Delhi, March 17: Mr Pranab Mukherjee had maintained the protocols of a president in the last five years and is continuing the same at the end of his tenure. Yet again praising current Prime Minister, President on Friday said PM Narendra Modi picked up very fast.
President Pranab Mukherjee stressed on the need to guard against "majoritarianism", saying those in power must take the entire nation along at all times.
"Consultation and consensus is the best and often the only way forward," he said while lauding the speech of Prime Minister Narendra Modi after BJP scored landslide victories in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
"In a Parliamentary democracy, we must always guard against majoritarianism. Those in power must involve and take the entire nation along with them at all times," Mukherjee said in his speech at a conclave organised by India Toady here.
"I have worked with several PMs during my career. Have learnt many things from them. The present PM Narendra Modi has his own way of working," he said.
"I must say he has picked up fast. I appreciate him for his hard work," President added.
President Mukherjee said PM Modi came straight out of a state government and had no experience in the Parliament. Even then, he picked up fast and made his own way of working.
Recalling former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee's governance, Prez said he was "one PM whose style of working was completely different".
President again raised objections on the disruptions in Parliament during demonetisation implementation and said he is "disturbed by what has been happening in Parliament".
"I have been witnessing disruptions in Parliament. I would urge everyone to strive to get consensus on issues. Parliament is primary forum for debates. Vicious cycle of disruptions should end. I am disturbed by what has been happening in Parliament. Disruption is Parliament is totally unacceptable to me," he said.
Many eyebrows would surely be raised after a surprising and politically significant statement of the President Pranab Mukherji on Friday when he said that he wants a strong opposition.
In the wake of the assembly elections held recently where the BJP decimated the opposition in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, this statement
In a nostalgic mood, the President spoke about all the Prime Ministers he worked with. He said, “I have worked with several PMs during my career. I have learnt many things from all of them. “
He spoke highly about India’s first Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru, calling him ‘the biggest influence ‘ on his life. Pranab Mukherji said, “Nehru discouraged hero worship. Nehru made Parliament vibrant. “