New Delhi: According to our reliable sources, the exact reason President Pranab Mukherjee is not opting for 2nd term is the kind of countries the current NDA government is making him visit. The President visited Papua New Guinea and Ghana recently while PM Narendra Modi just visited Switzerland and USA among other countries.
One of the senior officials of Rashtrapati Bhavan speaking on the condition of anonymity said, “First of all, our constitution does not allow a President to do much work in the first place. Apart from posing with the tulips, there really isn’t much to do. Little bit of work President is supposed to do is to sign the bills once they pass in both houses of Parliament. Both houses of Parliament working at the same time is as rare an event as the sighting of Halley’s comet, where is the question of bills getting passed and coming to him for signature?”
The official added, “The President is bored of staying inside Rashtrapati Bhavan. I agree it has 340 rooms and some large gardens, but we have a President who is a veteran politician. He has worked as a senior minister in so many previous governments; he has visited Rashtrapati Bhavan multiple times and has seen it all. When he does get a chance to visit abroad, he doesn’t quite get the type of cool countries that PM Modi gets. ”
Further explaining it, he said,”I mean look at it. He went to China, no freedom. Papua New Guinea, 95% of Indians don’t even know where it is. Then there is Ghana, right after the tensions with African representatives and he had to go to Palestine, Israel and Jordan, every moment he was wondering whether he is about to become the headline of a major incident.”
“In comparison, you have Modi Ji visiting US multiple times, visiting Switzerland, why can’t he let Pranab Da visit a few of those countries. Pratibha Ji had shown during her tenure that a President can travel more than the PM if supported by the government. Unless the government supports this demand, don’t think Pranab da is going to seek another term”, the official said.
We tried to get Narendra Modi Ji’s reaction to this news but we couldn’t catch him as he had left for another foreign tour.