Pranab Mukherjee , the present finance minister of India and the leader of the 15th Lok Sabha is now nominated by UPA government as its candidate for the upcoming Presidents elections . UPA core members have revealed the name of Pranab after crucial meeting at PM Manmohan Singh’s residence . Pranab when asked by media said he was deeply honored and he is accepting the offer . Lets analyze what it has been for Pranab as a parliamentarian and his political history .
Pranab Mukherjee began his career as a college-teacher and later as a journalist. He was first elected to parliament almost 4 decades back when he became the Raja Sabha MP in the year 1969 for Congress . He was re elected in 1975 , 1981 , 1993 and 1999 . He first joined the cabinet as Union deputy Minister , Industrial development in 1973 . He then became the Finance Minister of India during 1982 to 1984 . He even formed his own party Rashtriya Samajwadi Congress when he was not included in Rajiv Gandhi’s cabinet after Lok Sabha elections held subsequent to Indira Gandhi’s assassination . He later merged it with Congress in 1989 .
Pranab’s political career revived when he was appointed as the deputy chairman of planning commission and then as a union cabinet minister by P V Narasimha Rao . He served as External Affairs Minister for the first time from 1995 to 1996 in Rao’s cabinet .He also has the distinction of being a Minister for various high profile Ministries including Defence, Finance, External Affairs, Revenue, Shipping, Transport, Communication, Economic Affairs, Commerce and Industry. He also heads the Congress Parliamentary Party and the Congress Legislative Party which consists of all the Congress MPs and MLAs in the country apart from being Leader of the House in Lok Sabha .
Pranab played crucial role in steering the Cabinet pre Lok Sabha elections when the Prime Minister underwent by-pass surgery by taking additional charges as chairman of the Cabinet Committee Of Political Affairs and Union Minister in Finance Ministry despite already being Union Minister of External Affairs.
But he is disliked by many Western-educated brains around Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Corporate India finds him an obstacle. We have to see how much support he can gather in the coming days .