24 July, New Delhi
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Monday said Pranab Mukherjee’s presidency was the culmination of an extraordinary career of a political leader.
In a Facebook post, Jaitley said that Mukherjee brought dignity to every office that he held and his natural ability was to rise above partisan arguments. He said Mukherjee, during his career as a Parliamentarian, spoke like an amicus curiae rather than a party leader.
He said this quality enabled him to evolve a consensus in favour of the argument that he advanced. Applauding his statesmanship, Jaitley said even in opposition he was never an obstructionist and favoured using Parliament for larger national interest.
The Finance Minister said the democrat in Mukherjee insisted that the government and the opposition had to work in tandem on major issues.
Jaitley said Mukherjee, as President, was the guardian of the Constitution who realised that in a democracy there could only be one power, that is, elected Government and the Prime Minister. He further said that by virtue of this thinking, the President actively associated with two different Governments with equal ease.
Jaitley said the President also ensured that all decisions of the Council of Ministers had to conform to constitutional propriety and on some occasions, he wanted to be satisfied before he accorded his approval.
The Finance Minister said Mukherjee exits from the Rashtrapati Bhawan with a great stature and will now assume a greater role of advising and guiding the nation as an amicus curiae which he always was.