New Delhi, August 31
President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and leaders throughout the political spectrum on Monday condoled the demise of former president Pranab Mukherjee, hailing him as a scholar par excellence who served the nation with diligence.
Mukherjee died on Monday in a military hospital right here, his son Abhijit mentioned. He was 84.
He was admitted to hospital on August 10 and a well being bulletin this morning mentioned he was in a deep coma and on ventilator help.
As condolences poured in for India’s 13th president, who served because the nation’s first citizen from 2012 to 2017, 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. Condolences to his family, friends and all citizens,” he mentioned.
Naidu mentioned the nation has misplaced an elder statesman in his dying.
“He rose from humble beginnings to occupy the country’s highest constitutional position through hard work, discipline and dedication,” he mentioned.
Modi mentioned Mukherjee has left an indelible mark on the event trajectory of the nation.
“A scholar par excellence, a towering statesman, he was admired across the political spectrum and by all sections of society,” Modi mentioned.
“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,” he mentioned.
Union ministers Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, Harsh Vardhan and Prakash Javadekar, Thawar Chand Gehlot, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, amongst others, condoled Mukherjee’s demise and paid wealthy tributes to him.
Shah expressed deep anguish over Mukherjee’s dying, saying his demise has left an enormous void within the Indian polity.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Javadekar mentioned the nation has misplaced certainly one of its best sons.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh mentioned Mukherjee epitomised simplicity, honesty and energy of character.
Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani mentioned Mukherjee’s “warmth, dedication and vision has left an indelible mark”.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar additionally expressed deep anguish over Mukherjee’s demise and known as his erudition and knowledge “really inspiring”.
BJP chief J P Nadda mentioned Mukherjee has served the nation in lots of roles with diligence and dedication.
In a letter to Mukherjee’s daughter Sharmishtha, Congress president Sonia Gandhi mentioned although her father had been critically unwell for some days, it nonetheless comes as an ideal shock to study of his passing.
“Pranab Da had been such an integral and prominent part of national life, the Congress party and the central government for over five decades, it is hard to imagine how we can do without his wisdom, experience, sage advice and deep understanding of so many subjects,” Sonia Gandhi mentioned.
Former prime minister Manmohan Singh condoled Mukherjee’s demise, saying, “Our country has lost one of its greatest leaders of Independent India”.
“He and I worked very closely in the Government of India and I depended on him a great deal for his wisdom, vast knowledge and experience of public affairs,” he mentioned.
Congress chief Rahul Gandhi additionally condoled Mukherjee’s demise.
“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,” he mentioned.
Rajasthan Governor Kalraj Mishra, Uttarakhand Governor Baby Rani Maurya and Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha expressed anguish over Mukherjee’s dying and known as him an “extraordinary leader”.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal mentioned, “Received the sad news of demise of former president Shri Pranab Mukherjee. May the almighty receive the departed soul and give courage to his family and loved ones to bear this sorrow.”
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath described Mukherjee’s dying as an “irreparable loss”. UP Deputy CMs Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma and Legislative Assembly Speaker Hriday Narayan Dixit additionally expressed grief over his demise.
Punjab CM Amarinder Singh mentioned Mukherjee all the time “gave ears to what others said irrespective of party affiliation”.
Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar mentioned aside from Mukherjee’s companies within the political area to serving the society, he made vital contributions within the financial subject as properly.
Haryana Congress leaders Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Kumari Selja and state BJP president O P Dhankar additionally condoled Mukherjee’s dying.
Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot expressed grief over Mukherjee’s demise and hailed his contribution.
Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) chief Govind Singh Dotasra, former deputy CM Sachin Pilot, former CM Vasundhara Raje and different leaders additionally condoled Mukherjee’s dying.
Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati described Mukherjee as a “true gem” who was of a “kind nature”.
Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar mentioned Mukherjee was an esteemed colleague, fellow parliamentarian and a pricey buddy.
Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora and former EC Ashok Lavasa expressed condolences over Mukherjee’s dying, saying the nation has misplaced an completed scholar. — PTI