Thursday, February 4, 2010

Pranab 'Da' is the 'sea anchor' of Central govt: Ansari

New Delhi, Feb 3 (UNI) Praising him to the skies, Vice President Mohd Hamid Ansari today called Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee as the best consensus builder who is a critical part of good governance.

''Mr Mukherjee has the ability to make complex situations easier, come out with solutions acceptable to all and most importantly, build consensus around various situations,'' Dr Ansari said.

Calling the Minister as Pranab 'Da', the Vice President said Mr Mukherjee was the 'sea anchor' of the government.

He was speaking while releasing a coffee table book 'Pranab Mukherjee: The All Season Man', here at the 19th New Delhi World Book Fair. The book has been written to pay tribute to the leader on his successful completion of 75 years last December.

The Finance Minister, who was also present on the occasion, congratulated the editor and his colleagues for bringing out such a book. ''I hope people would like the book leading to satisfaction to me, the compiler and others,'' he said.

The book is a compilation of first person accounts, memoirs and thoughts by different eminent personalities from different walks of life.

People like Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, former Speaker Somnath Chatterjee, Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor, Indian skippers Kapil Dev, Mohd Azharuddin, veteran actor Mithun Chakraborty,
pop music maestro Bappi Lahiri, business tycoons S K Birla, R P Goenka, among others, have contributed their thoughts on the minister in the book, editor of the book Sukhendu Sekhar Ray said.

The book is priced at Rs 1500 and published by Deep Prakashan, a Kolkata based publishing house.

Mr Tharoor was also present on the occasion.

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