Ex-President Pranabda passes away at 84

New Delhi, August 31

Former President Pranab Mukherjee, one in every of India’s most cerebral and revered politicians, died on Monday night following a 21-day battle with a number of illnesses. He was 84.

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Mukherjee, who was admitted to the Army’s Research and Referral Hospital on August 10 and was operated for a clot within the mind the identical day, is survived by two sons and a daughter. The long-time Congress chief and seven-time parliamentarian had examined optimistic for Covid-19 on the time of his admission and was being handled for lung an infection. He had suffered a septic shock on Sunday. Doctors mentioned he died of a cardiac arrest at 4.30 pm.

As condolences poured in for India’s 13th President, who served because the nation’s first citizen from 2012 to 2017, President Ram Nath Kovind described Mukherjee’s demise because the passing of an period. “A colossus in public life, he served Mother India with the spirit of a sage. The nation mourns losing one of its worthiest sons,” Kovind mentioned on Twitter.

PM Narendra Modi described him as a scholar par excellence and a towering statesman who was admired throughout the political spectrum.

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi mentioned, “With great sadness, the nation receives the news of the unfortunate demise of our former President Shri Pranab Mukherjee.” The authorities introduced a seven-day mourning as a mark of respect. — PTI

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