Whenever the question of a cabinet reshuffle has come up for discussion during the last three years, the idea of Mukherjee as either home minister or as finance minister has not found favour.
Mukherje is identified with a left-of-centre image. He was not given finance even in 1991 when P.V. Narasimha Rao became prime minister and opened up the economy, choosing Manmohan Singh as his finance minister to lead the process of reforms.
Image: Pranab Mukherjee, Union Minister for External Affairs.