“The mere physical presence of the PM in Parliament makes a tremendous difference to the functioning of this institution. PM Modi, now in his second term, must take inspiration from his predecessors and provide visible leadership, through his enhanced presence in Parliament to avoid situations that had precipitated the parliamentary crisis we witnessed in the first term,” Mukherjee wrote.
Mukherjee further wrote that he had a very cordial relationship with PM Modi and recounted his first meeting with him as PM-designate. During his speech on the eve of the Republic Day in 2014, Mukherjee advocated for a decisive mandate. Later, when Modi came to meet him as PM-designate, he showed him a newspaper clipping of his speech. Using a newspaper clipping that had reported my earlier speech hoping for a politically stable mandate, Modi asserted that he had achieved the objective of a clear majority that I had envisaged,” reads the book.
On GST, Mukherjee said that it has happened for the good and is the most effective economic legislation since the Constitution was enacted and institutionalised.
On demonetization, Mukherjee wrote: “One thing can be stated without fear of contradiction that the multiple objectives of demonetisation to bring back black money, paralyse the operation of the black economy and facilitate a cashless society, etc., have not been met.”