You will be president one day: Sister told Pranab

Pranab,wished to be reborn even as a horse in president`s cavalry regiment,was told he would become president in his own life time,his nephew reveals.

Updated: Jun 16, 2012, 17:06 PM IST

Kolkata: Pranab Mukherjee, who seems set to become the 13th president of India, once wished to be reborn even as a horse in the president`s elite cavalry regiment, but was told he would become president in his own life time, his nephew revealed.

It was around 1969-70. The young Mukherjee, then a first time Rajya Sabha MP, was allotted a flat on South Avenue close to Rashtrapati Bhavan, the 340-room British-era presidential mansion.

The red boundary wall of Rashtrapati Bhavan and the stable where the horses were kept and attended to were visible from the flat`s balcony.

Once during an idle chat there, Mukherjee told his elder sister Annapurna Banerjee: "See how much these horses are pampered. How well fed they look. I want to be reborn as a horse in the president`s cavalry".

Annapurna`s son and Mukherjee`s nephew Tarun Banerjee, who recounted the incident to agencies, said: "My mother replied `Why do you wish to be reborn as a horse? Mark my words, you will become president of India one day and that too in this life`".

"We are very happy for two reasons. One my maternal uncle is set to become president and second, my mother`s forecast has come true," added Banerjee.

Mukherjee was on Friday named the United Progressive Alliance`s (UPA) candidate for president and was set to win with majority support.