Pranab Mukherjee, the former President of India, passed away. The veteran Congress leader was admitted to the hospital in Delhi Cantonment on August 10. He was operated for removal of a clot in his brain. He later developed a lung infection.
With a Heavy Heart, this is to inform you that my father Shri #PranabMukherjee has just passed away in spite of the best efforts of Doctors of RR Hospital & prayers, duas & prarthanas from people throughout India! I thank all of You, his son Abhijit Mukherjee tweeted.
The condition of senior politician declined on Monday morning, the Army’s Research and Referral Hospital said. There has been a relapse in the medical condition of Shri Pranab Mukherjee since yesterday. He is in septic shock due to his lung infection and is being managed by a specialists team. He continues to be in a deep coma and on ventilator support, the hospital said in a statement.
Mukherjee‘s life-long political career spanned about six decades, during which he held various key posts in the Congress as well as in the governments led by Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, P V Narasimha Rao and Manmohan Singh.
Born on December 11, 1935, in Mirati, a village in Birbhum district in West Bengal, Mukherjee completed his Masters in Political Science and History, and LLB degree from University of Calcutta. It’s an assorted bag legacy for the politician who won his first election in 2004 from Jangipur in West Bengal.
The 84-year-old served as India’s 13th President from 2012-2017.
Pranab Mukherjee has become India’s Youngest Finance Minister in 1982 at the age of 47. From 2004, he went on to head three crucial ministries — external affairs, defence and finance — and became the first occupant of the Rashtrapati Bhavan to have this distinction.
Pranab Mukherjee was honored with Bharat Ratna Award in 2019.
Political leaders across the sector offered their condolences the bereaved family.
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, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted.