Prime Minister Narendra Modi Expresses His Grief About Dr Pranab Mukherjee’s Demise

PM Modi credited Dr Mukherjee for making “Rashtrapati Bhavan even more accessible to common citizens.”

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August 31, 2020

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed his grief on the passing away of former President of India, Pranab Mukherjee. In a tweet, the PM said, “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.” He also credited Dr Mukherjee for making “Rashtrapati Bhavan even more accessible to common citizens.”

It was on August 8 last year that Pranab Mukherjee was awarded the Bharat Ratna by President Ram Nath Kovind. He became the fifth President of India to receive this honour. Known as the ‘Man Friday’ of the Congress party, he had become the youngest Finance Minister of India in 1982 at the age of 47. From 2004 onwards, he went on to head three crucial ministries – External Affairs, Defence and Finance – in the Manmohan Singh Government. He retired from the Congress in 2012 when he was elected as the 13th President of India.

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