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Pranab Mukherjee, Renowned Politician And Former President Of India Dies Aged 84

Mayukh Bari31 August 2020 7:50PM IST
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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.

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,

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,

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,

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.