Former President and Bharat Ratna Pranab Mukherjee passed away today (31 August, 2020). He was 84 years old. The announcement was made by his son Abhijit on twitter.
Pranab Da worked silently building consensus in the party and troubleshooting issues for the Congress. He was a well read man who was respected across party lines. The way he attended the RSS annual event showed his bold nature even after being a Congress stalwart
Pranab Mukherjee ji was the First President of India who visited Israel. He even rejected 30 mercy petitions as President including the mercy pleas of terrorists Afzal Guru & Yakub Memon. The demise of Shri Pranab Mukherjee is an irreparable loss to the nation. The former President and Bharat Ratna awardee was a pioneering statesmans, leader and kind human being. Mukherjee was admitted to the hospital on 10 August in a critical condition and underwent emergency surgery for a brain clot. He was also found to be Covid-19 positive after being admitted for treatment. He was put on ventilator support and subsequently developed a lung infection. He was in a deep coma for the last few days.
Mukherjee served as India's 13th President from 2012 to 2017 and was awarded the Bharat Ratna in 2019. A member of the Congress party his political career spanned over five decades, during which he served a senior cabinet minister managing portfolios like Finance, Defence and Ministry of External Affairs.
National Flag lowered half mast as mark of respect for the departed former president as Country mourns the loss of a Bharat Ratna. Pranab Mukherjee has been the Union Minister for Defence, External Affairs, Finance, Commerce, Industrial Development and Shipping and Transport.