Pranab’s son wants to live up to his father’s legacy in new role in TMC
Abhijit Mukherjee, son of former President Pranab Mukherjee, who joined Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress, wants to live up to his father’s legacy of secular politics and to bind India through consensus politics .
Mukherjee, an engineer turned politician, said he also wanted to help reindustrialize eastern India, which he said could be the trade corridor for the Politics Look East or Act East connecting with the East and Southeast Asia.
“ I grew up believing in a secular and inclusive politics that my father, our then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and other members of this generation of congressional leaders believed in. I cannot approach them in stature, but I think it is time that those of us in public life took a stand and united in supporting the concept of a secular India. ” he told PTI in an interview.
Mukherjee, a two-time MP for Lok Sabha from his father’s pocket district in Jangipur, said he joined the party led by Mamata Banerjee because she took a firm stand on the issue.
“The TMC also strived for consensus in national politics, which my father was known for during his political career and later as president,” he said.
The emphasis on secular politics and consensus building appeared to be an indirect attack on the BJP, which is often accused by rival political parties of being communal and ignoring state sensitivities. However, young Mukherjee refused to be drawn into a conversation on the matter.
“I also ideologically believe in the concept of inclusive growth which takes care of the last man standing when we are planning for economic development and not just the wealthy industrial barons,” said the former Jadavpur University student, adding that ‘ ‘these inherited beliefs’ are ‘shared by Mamata-di, who herself is of the same school of thought’.
Although Pranab Mukherjee, the fiftieth anniversary congressional politician, was Banerjee’s mentor early in her political career, the two had their differences, especially when she asked for the cancellation of a huge debt overhang that Bengal had. contracted during the reign of the Left Front.
Nonetheless, political experts believe they shared a special relationship, which made it easy for the son to enter TMC’s camp.
“My father helped former Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao, whose birthday we recently celebrated, to develop the Look East policy which this (central) government has now renamed Act East,” Mukherjee said, adding that the policy was designed to strategically connect India to the growing markets of ASEAN and East Asia.
“If we want this policy to be successful, we need to reindustrialize Bengal and East India and treat them as the hub of a trade corridor to these markets,” he said.
Industry in Bengal and East India has been faltering since the 1970s, when a large number of factories closed due to economic factors and a wave of left-inspired strikes.
“I worked with other senior executives to merge IISCO with SAIL and relaunch it by injecting Rs 16,000 crore, probably the biggest investment ever in eastern India.
“There is a need to work more in this direction and take advantage of the presence of iron ore, coal and ports to revive the engineering industry here. I believe TMC can do it and maybe in some way I can be of help, ” said Mukherjee, who served in the public sector at SAIL for two and a half decades.
IISCO, which was started by Sir RN Mookerjee over 100 years ago in Bengal, had competed with Tata Steel at the time. After nationalization in the 1970s, he turned into a white elephant after his factory became obsolete.
However, an effort to revive it by building Asia’s largest blast furnace and auxiliary factories appears to have paid off and is expected to create a boost through industries downstream of the Durgapur-Asansol industrial belt and upstream industries. of Jharkhand.
Speaking of projects outside of politics, Mukherjee said he wanted to start a think tank on his father’s behalf that would work in rural areas and foster better relations with neighboring countries.
“My father and other leaders worked for the good relationship we now have with Bangladesh, whose 50th anniversary is being celebrated this year. He tried to build the Zaranj highway in Afghanistan, to revive relations with Myanmar.
“These are areas that this think tank could work on as well as issues such as rural education that were close to their hearts,” TMC’s new politician said.
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