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Public spat between Pranab Mukherjee’s son and daughter intensifies

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It seems the ugly public spat between the son and daughter of former President Pranab Mukherjee, which started on Tuesday, over his soon to be released book ‘The Presidential Years’ has aggravated further.

Reacting to his sister’s tweet on creating “unnecessary hurdles” in the release of the book, Abhijit Mukherjee said the publishers should hold the book until he vetted it. He claimed that had his father been alive, he would have done the same thing.

Abhijit posted a series of tweets in this regard. He said: “Contrary to the opinion of some, I am not against the publishing of my father’s Memoir but I have requested the publisher to allow me to go through its contents before final roll out and I believe my request is quite legitimate and within my rights as his Son.”

He added, “Had my father been alive, he too would have gone through it before the final roll out as he had done in the past too for his other volumes. Till then, and I repeat, till then, the publisher has been requested to stop publishing motivated excerpts to gain cheap publicity.”

How it started?

The Twitter tussle between Abhijit and his sister Sharmistha started days after the publisher, Rupa, released controversial excerpts from the book that is likely to be released in January next year. In the book, Pranab Mukherjee has reportedly blamed Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh for the poll debacle in 2014.

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Notably, Mukherjee’s book, the last in a series, has attacked the Gandhis at a time when Congress is already facing rebellion from within over the poor leadership and operations of the grand old party.

Abhijit asks publisher to stop publication of Pranab Mukherjee’s book

Abhijit Mukherjee had on Tuesday asked the book’s publisher to stop publication of the book or the motivated excerpts without his written consent.

He said, “Since my father is no more , I being his son want to go through the contents of the final copy of the book before it’s publication as I believe , had my father been alive today , he too would have done the same.”

He also said, “Therefore, I being his son request You to immediately stop it’s publication without my written consent till I go through its contents ! I have already sent you a detailed letter in this regard which will reach You soon! Regards – Abhijit Mukherjee.”

Sharmistha warns Abhijit

Reacting to this, Sharmistha Mukherjee posted a series of tweets asking her brother not to create a hurdle in the publication of the book for “cheap publicity”.

She said, “I, daughter of the author of the memoir ‘The Presidential Years’, request my brother @ABHIJIT_LS not to create any unnecessary hurdles in the publication of the last book written by our father. He completed the manuscript before he fell sick.”

She also said, “The final draft contains my dads’ handwritten notes & comments that have been strictly adhered to. The views expressed by him are his own & no one should try to stop it from being published for any cheap publicity. That would be the greatest disservice to our departed father.”

She further added, “Btw bro, the title of the book is ‘The Presidential Years’, not ‘The Presidential Memoirs’.

 

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