Pranab will give new dimension as President

An elated family of Pranab Mukherjee today said his stature, ability to build consensus, personal rapport with political leaders and vast xperience will help him give a new dimension to the office of President of India.

"I think he has done justice to whatever offices that he held. He has fulfilled his duties and responsibilities to the best of his ability in whatever he has done. So, I'm sure that he will give a new dimension to the office of the President," his daughter, Sharmistha said.

"I think over all these years, he has developed some excellent personal rapport with people cutting across party lines. Whatever the opposition might say, personally they held him in high esteem. I think that definitely helps. His stature, his ability to create consensus, all these things will definitely help," she told television channels.

A beaming Sharmistha said,"I am the most proud daughter in India today, thank you baba."

Pranab's son Abhijit, a Congress MLA in West Bengal, said, "My father was confident of his victory from the beginning and he will be able to do justice to his role as President."

To a question, Abhijit said his father has no regrets about not having become the Prime Minister. Pranab enjoyed the confidence of Prime Ministers Indira Gandhi, Narasimha Rao and Manmohan Singh, he said.

As near and dear ones began celebrating and expressing their joy, elder sister Annapurna Banerjee said that her prayers had been rewarded.

"Several years ago when my brother was an MP, we were sipping tea sitting on the verandah of his bungalow in Delhi which had a view of the President's stable on the Raisina Hills.

"Looking at the horses, he said 'what fun these horses have as they don't have to do anything and get all the care. Wish I am reborn as one of these'," reminiscenced octogenarian Annapurna sitting in her home in Kirnahar in West Bengal.

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