New Delhi/Kolkata, Jul 22: Counting of the Presidential elections 2012 has been started in the Parliament on Sunday, Jul 22. The results are expected to be declared by 4 PM but it seems that Pranab Mukherjee has already become the undeclared President of India.
Mr Mukherjee, who is also known as Congress and UPA government's troubleshooter, has dedicated his entire life to the nation and spent little time with his family, stated his daughter Sarmistha.
"He has never been expressive, never did puchu puchu. There was always a degree of formality with him. His unsaid code of conduct created many problems when I was growing up as I was allowed no late night parties, or use his official position. He has hardly been able to spend time with family, he's not been there for idle gossip or holidaying, but he has always been there when you needed him," said Pranab Mukherjee's daughter while showing her excitement that her father could be the 13th president of India.
Following his sister's lines, Mr Mukherjee's son Avijit also commented, "Last I think we went for a family picnic in 1996. Whenever I plan something with him, work comes up and he cancels. So for the past couple of years I have stopped planning altogether."
"He is not a family man, the country comes before the family," added Avijit's wife while talking about her workaholic father-in-law. However, his family members claimed that they are happy that Mr Mukherjee could become the president and the prime minister of the country.
"I am more happy he became the President and not the PM. He has been working relentlessly for 18 hours a day, he has shouldered responsibilities all his life. Being PM would mean more responsibilities and as a daughter I wouldn't want that," said Sarmistha.
Now, the final results will be announced within few hours and thus Mr Mukherjee's family may receive the much awaited news but it would be very difficult to say that they can spend time with Mr Mukherjee if he indeed becomes the president.