Former President of India Pranab Mukherjee has passed away at the age of 84. Mr. Mukherjee had tested positive for COVID-19 and had been on a ventilator since surgery to remove a brain clot earlier this month. He breathed his last at Army Hospital in New Delhi this evening, his son Abhijit Mukherjee informed through Twitter.
He said Mr. Pranab Mukherjee passed away in spite of the best efforts of doctors of Army R&R Hospital and prayers, duas, and Prarthana from people throughout the country.
Described by many as the “best PM India never had, He was a minister in almost every Congress government since Indira Gandhi helped him get elected to the Rajya Sabha in 1969. He was widely expected to be Sonia Gandhi’s choice for Prime Minister after she refused to take the top job in 2004. But she picked Manmohan Singh.
Pranab Mukherjee served as the 13th President of India from 2012 to 2017. He also served as the Union Minister of Finance, Defence, External Affairs and Commerce. Mr. Mukherjee was also Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission. He was elected to Rajya Sabha five times and twice to Lok Sabha. Mr Mukherjee served as the Leader of both houses of Parliament.
Mr. Mukherjee was acknowledged across political parties as one of the best Parliamentarians the country has seen. Known cordially as Pranab Da he shared a good camaraderie across all political parties including the BJP.
This time last, he had been awarded the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honor.
Pranab Mukherjee was born to Kamada Kinkar Mukherjee, a freedom fighter, in a village in West Bengal’s Birbhum district. After studying politics, history, and law at Calcutta University, he worked as a teacher, a journalist, and a lawyer before joining politics in 1969.
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