Pranab Mukherjee passes away, leaders condole

Former President Pranab Mukherjee passed away today. Leaders including President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi have expressed shock and condolences.

“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,” Kovind tweeted.

“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 further.

“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 added.

Pranab has died at 84. The former President of India, who tested positive for coronavirus, had been in coma after a brain surgery earlier this month.

“With a Heavy Heart , this is to inform you that my father Shri Pranab Mukherjee has just passed away inspite of the best efforts of Doctors of RR Hospital and prayers, duas and prarthanas from people throughout India ! I thank all of You,” his son Abhijit Mukherjee tweeted.