Good that people have given `job` to my son, quips Pranab

Last Updated: Sunday, May 15, 2011 - 22:12

Kolkata: Happy at his son Abhijit Mukherjee`s victory in the West Bengal assembly polls, union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee Sunday said it was good that the people have given him a `job` as he had taken voluntary retirement to contest the elections.

`Of course, as father, I am happy at his success,` Mukherjee told reporters here.

The Congress heavyweight recalled that after taking voluntary retirement from a key post with a company, Abhijit Mukherjee had told a newspaper that the only problem he faced after waking up in the morning was that he had no work to do.

`He found he does not have to leave for office at 9.30 am. Then the newspaper commented that perhaps he is seeking a job from the people of Nalhati (constituency). Good that the people of Nalhati have given him a job to serve them,` the union finance minister said.

Pranab Mukerjee, however, said that Abhijit for him was just one of the 65 Congress candidates in the polls. `I have given as much time campaigning in his constituency as I have given for other candidates.`

Abhijit, 51, won from the rural constituency close to the Jharkhand border in Birbhum district by a margin of 15,160 votes over his Forward Bloc rival Dipak Chatterjee.

IANS



First Published: Sunday, May 15, 2011 - 22:12

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