Abhijit Mukherjee, MP from Jangipur constituency in West Bengal and son of the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, visited the Chamundeshwari temple atop Chamundi Hill in Mysore this morning.

He was accompanied by his wife Chitralekha, daughter Suchi Smitha and son Shyamank. After offering puja at the shrine, the Mukherjee family left for Chamarajanagar to visit the Biligiri Rangana Betta (B.R. Hill) and then to Gundlupet, before leaving for Bangalore.

The normal special Police escort and protocol were not seen around the VIP guest, it is said, because of the election code of conduct in force.

Mukherjee, when approached by the press persons, refused to speak anything about politics and said that he was on a private visit to the temple, being invited by his friend Ramesh, a Mysore city-based industrialist.

Dodging a volley of questions from press persons, Mukherjee only said that he was satisfied with the recently passed legislation on sexual harassment, adding that his government (UPA at the Centre) was for awarding the toughest punishment to rapists and sexual offenders.

“I am satisfied with the bill. However, if anything has to be included, it can be done later through amendments,” he said.

Regarding a query about his controversial statement “dented and painted women…” made in connection with the Delhi gang rape case, Mukherjee requested not to raise the subject and added that he had utmost respect for women.

Abhijit Mukherjee, a mechanical engineering graduate, was elected to the Jangipur Lok Sabha on Oct. 13, 2012 after the seat was vacated by his father Pranab Mukherjee, following his elevation to the highest office of the country. Abhijit won by 2,536 votes, defeating his nearest CPI(M) rival Muzaffar Hussain. Abhijit polled 3,32,919 votes while the CPI(M) candidate bagged 3,30,383 votes.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore