Pranab Mukherjee, former President of India and Bharat Ratna, passed away at 84 after battling a long illness. His son Abhijit Mukherjee took Twitter to make the announcement.
With a Heavy Heart , this is to inform you that my father Shri #PranabMukherjee has just passed away inspite of the best efforts of Doctors of RR Hospital & prayers ,duas & prarthanas from people throughout India !— Abhijit Mukherjee (@ABHIJIT_LS) August 31, 2020
I thank all of You 🙏
The renowned politician served as the 13th President of India. Centre declares seven day national mourning as a mark of respect to former President Pranab Mukherjee.
President Ram Nath Kovind expressed his condolences. He said, "Sad to hear that former President Shri Pranab Mukherjee is no more. His demise is passing of an era. A colossus in public life, he served Mother India with the spirit of a sage. The nation mourns losing one of its worthiest sons. Condolences to his family, friends & all citizens." The President tweeted,
As the First Citizen, he continued to connect with everyone, bringing Rashtrapati Bhavan closer to the people. He opened its gates for public visit. His decision to discontinue the use of the honorific 'His Excellency' was historic.— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) August 31, 2020
The PM of India, Narendra Modi said, "I was new to Delhi in 2014. From Day 1, I was blessed to have the guidance, support and blessings of Shri Pranab Mukherjee. I will always cherish my interactions with him. Condolences to his family, friends, admirers and supporters across India. Om Shanti." The PM tweeted,
India grieves the passing away of Bharat Ratna Shri Pranab Mukherjee. He has left an indelible mark on the development trajectory of our nation. A scholar par excellence, a towering statesman, he was admired across the political spectrum and by all sections of society. pic.twitter.com/gz6rwQbxi6— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 31, 2020
Pranab Mukherjee was born into a Bengali family at Mirati, a village in the Bengal Presidency of British India (now in Birbhum district, West Bengal). His father, Kamada Kinkar Mukherjee was active in the Indian independence movement and was a member of West Bengal Legislative Council between 1952 and 1964 as a representative of the Indian National Congress. His mother was Rajlakshmi Mukherjee.
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee said, "So many memories. A visit to Delhi without Pranabda is unimaginable. He is a legend in all subjects from politics to economics. Will be forever grateful. Shall miss him immensely. My condolences to Abhijit & Sharmistha." The CM tweeted,
It is with deep sorrow I write this. Bharat Ratna Pranab Mukherjee has left us. An era has ended. For decades he was a father figure. From my first win as MP, to being my senior Cabinet colleague, to his becoming President while I was CM...(1/2)— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) August 31, 2020
Pranab Mukherjee was admitted to the hospital in a critical condition on August 10. Tests revealed a large clot in his brain for which he underwent an emergency life-saving surgery. He was also tested positive for coronavirus. Post-surgery Mukherjee remained critical and on ventilator support.