Former President Pranab Mukherji who has been undergoing treatment for a clot in the brain at Army hospital in New Delhi breathed his last today. He is 84 and survived by two sons and a daughter. His wife Suvra Mukherji died of a heart attack in 2015 while Pranab was in the office of President.
He was hospitalised on August 5 after he was tested positive for coronavirus. Pranab announced this through his twitter account advising all those who came into contact with him to undergo tests. His health condition continued to be critical for a few days from now as he slipped into a coma and was on a ventilator. The end came this morning.
Pranab was born in a Bengali family in Mirati village in the Bengal Presidency of British India (now in Birbhum district) on December 11, 1935. He entered politics in 1969 after the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi made him Rajyasabha member. In his career spanning more than 50 years, Pranab held several high offices till he became the 13th President of India from 2012 to 2017.
He was sidelined during the Rajiv Gandhi’s regime and again was resurrected by the then PV Narasimha Rao who made him the chairman of Planning Commission and was later inducted as foreign Minister in 1995.
He was awarded India’s highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna in 2019 by the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind.
President Ramnath Kovind: 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.
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu: “I learnt with profound grief the passing away of former President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee. He was a statesman and an illustrious son of India, who rose from humble beginnings to occupy the country’s highest constitutional position through hard work, discipline and dedication”.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi: 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.
Rahul Gandhi: With great sadness, the nation receives the news of the unfortunate demise of our former President Shri Pranab Mukherjee. I join the country in paying homage to him. My deepest condolences to the bereaved family and friends.
Amit Shah: Deeply anguished on the passing away of former President of India, Bharat Ratna Shri Pranab Mukherjee ji. He was a vastly experienced leader who served the nation with utmost devotion. Pranab da’s distinguished career is a matter of great pride for the entire country.
K Chandrasekhar Rao: India lost a towering personality in the death Pranab Mukherji especially Telangana as he signed the Telangana Formation Bill. He used to guide me on several occasions. He believed that there is legitimacy behind the Telangana demand. My deepest condolences to bereaved family members.
Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan: “I am deeply saddened to learn of the sad demise of our most respected former President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee. A great visionary, a statesman par excellence, a great Orator, a Writer, a shrewd parliamentarian and above all a great Human Being – all in one. The passing away of this Great Son of India is a loss not only to India but humanity at large”.
Chandrababu Naidu: Pained to hear about the passing of Former President Pranab Mukherjee Ji. The nation has today lost an exceptional statesman, master strategist and a man of principles who carried himself with dignity and discipline. My heartfelt condolences to his family members and friends