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Indira Gandhi is the 'Most Acceptable' PM Till Date, Says Pranab Mukherjee

President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday described Indira Gandhi as the "most acceptable" prime minister of a democratic country till date and recalled the former prime minister's "decisive style of functioning" that helped her party score comeback victories in state elections within a couple of months after the second Congress split of 1978.

Gandhi was one of the most remarkable personalities of the 20th century and to the people of India, she still remains the "most acceptable" prime minister of a democratic country, the President said to wide applause from the audience that comprised a galaxy of top Congress leaders.

With Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi seated on the dais, flanked by Vice President Hamid Ansari and former prime minister Manmohan Singh, Mukherjee paid rich tributes to Indira Gandhi on the occasion of the release of a commemorative centennial volume on her life and works.

The book edited by senior Congress leader Anand Sharma is a compilation of life and work of Indira Gandhi and its foreword is written by Sonia Gandhi, who could not attend the function due to her ill health.

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