When Pranab riled Sonia Gandhi by meeting Bal Thackeray

NEW DELHI: Congress president Sonia Gandhi was upset with Pranab Mukherjeewhen he met late Shiv Sena leader Bal Thackeray despite being advised against it, the third volume of his autobiography has revealed.

On the campaign trail before the 2012 Presidential election, Mukherjee was visiting Maharashtra where Thackeray, who unilaterally extended support to his candidature, had made “elaborate arrangements” for his visit to Matoshree, the Thackeray residence in Mumbai.

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Sharad Pawar, a coalition partner of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA-II) government, had insisted that Mukherjee meet Thackeray.

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