New Delhi: After a long battle with health complications that worsened due to coronavirus infection, the 13th President of India Dr Pranab Mukherjee on Monday passed away at the age of 84. President Ram Nath Kovind expressed his condolences on Twitter as he said that the nation has lost “one of its worthiest sons”. Also Read - Reassess COVID Situation, Focus on Micro Containment Zones: PM Modi to CMs of 7 Worst-hit States
“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,” President Kovind said. Also Read - Shaheen Bagh's 82-Year-Old Bilkis Named in Time Magazine's List of 100 Most Influential People
“Endowed with perspicacity and wisdom, Bharat Ratna Shri Mukherjee combined tradition and modernity. In his 5 decade long illustrious public life, he remained rooted to the ground irrespective of the exalted offices he held. He endeared himself to people across political spectrum,” he said. Also Read - PM Modi to Hold High-level Meeting With CMs of 7 States/UTs Today | What to Expect
“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,” he said in a subsequent tweet.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter and highlighted how the former President 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.
During his political career that spanned decades, Shri Pranab Mukherjee made long-lasting contributions in key economic and strategic ministries. He was an outstanding Parliamentarian, always well-prepared, extremely articulate as well as witty,” PM Modi said in a series of tweets.
The announcement was made by his son and Congress MP Abhijit Mukherjee. Here’s how ministers and leaders from across the political spectrum reacted:
Union Home Minister 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.
Congress General Secretary 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.
Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh: Pranabda epitomised simplicity, honesty and strength of character. He served our country with diligence and dedication. His contribution to public life was invaluable. My deepest condolences to his bereaved family. Om Shanti!
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee: 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, so many memories…
Nepal PM KP Sharma Oli: I am deeply saddened by the news of passing away of former President of India H.E. Pranab Mukherjee. Heartfelt condolences to the government and people of India as well as the bereaved family members.
Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan: A chapter of Indian politics came to an end (with the demise of former President Pranab Mukherjee). He always put the country above the party politics. I pay my obeisance to him on behalf of the people of Madhya Pradesh.