Bangalore: Finance Minister Pranab
Mukherjee has said his working equation with Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh is "excellent" and there is no "trust
deficit" between him and Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
He said even Rajiv Gandhi, with whom things were said
to have "gone wrong", had said that "many things said about
him (Mukherjee) I found weren`t true".
At one point in an interview to a news magazine,
Mukherjee says he was already 75 and "there is a limit beyond
which you cannot go. How long do you expect me to stay. I
have overstayed my wicket."
"It`s very good, excellent in fact. I have worked
with him for many years. He is a perfect gentleman and
embodiment of courtesy and politeness," the minister said when
asked about his working equation with Prime Minister, "a man
who once called you sir".
Asked if he had told Singh that he would stop
attending Cabinet meetings if he still called him sir,
Mukherjee said, "Of course, I had to tell him that. But you
know, it`s a mode of address. We call everybody sir, even an
To a question about his equation with Sonia Gandhi,
"who seems to respect you but not trust you", the minister
said "there is no trust deficit or even deficit of
The Congress veteran was asked what he thought of
Rahul Gandhi becoming prime minister.
"Why don`t you wait? There is a strong potentiality
of Shri Rahul Gandhi becoming prime minister because he is a
popular leader of the country`s premier party. The crowds he
gets are amazing. I have attended some of his meetings in
Asked whether he would join his Cabinet, he said,
"My goodness. What would be my age? I am already 75. There
is a limit beyond which you cannot go. How long do you expect
me to stay. Rather I have overstayed my wicket."
When told that the government would be lost without
him, Mukherjee said, "No, I think I have done enough."
Asked if it was a no to joining Rahul`s Cabinet,
he said, "You are just conjecturing too much. Let`s wait and
see what happens."