In pictures: Former President Pranab Mukherjee cremated with full state honours


New Delhi, September 1 

Former President Pranab Mukherjee was cremated with full state honours on the Lodhi street electrical crematorium on Tuesday afternoon.

His son carried out his final rites.

Mukherjee’s household and relations paid their final respects clad in PPE kits whereas conforming to COVID-19 safeguards.

An Army contingent gave a guard of honour and a gun salute to the previous president.

Mukherjee (84) died on Monday night on the Army’s Research and Referral Hospital in Delhi cantonment following a 21-day battle with a number of illnesses. 

President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, chiefs of the three defence providers and politicians slicing throughout occasion traces paid their final respects to former president Pranab Mukherjee at his residence on Tuesday. 

The mortal stays of India’s 13th president, who died on Monday after a three-week battle with a number of illnesses, have been taken to his residence from the Army’s Research and Referral hospital in a flower-bedecked white car. 

As the nation noticed seven-day mourning in honour of its “Bharat Ratna”, a long-time Congress politician and one in all India’s most revered individuals in public life, a bunch of leaders and others visited his 10 Rajaji Marg residence. 

Following COVID-19 protocols akin to sustaining social distancing and sporting masks, former prime minister Manmohan Singh, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, BJP chief J P Nadda, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and a number of other Union ministers akin to Nirmala Sitharaman and Harsh Vardhan have been amongst those that paid homage to him. Leaders paid floral tributes to a photograph of Mukherjee, whereas his stays have been stored in one other room.

Besides the ‘VIPs’, staff of assorted events and most people stood in lengthy queues sustaining social distancing, sporting masks and carrying bouquets as they waited patiently to catch a glimpse of Mukherjee for one final time.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat, Army Chief Gen M M Naravane, Air Chief Marshal R Okay S Bhadauria and Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh visited the late president’s dwelling to condole his demise. 

Congress chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, CPI normal secretary D Raja and BJP chief Jyotiraditya Scindia have been additionally there to pay their respect to a person who had spent greater than 5 many years in public life and was admired as a “consensus builder”.  

“Whether people agreed with him or not, he was very forthright in articulating his views keeping in view the interests of the country,” Raja advised reporters.

Rajya Sabha MP Vijay Goel stated Mukherjee by no means differentiated between leaders of the ruling occasion and the Opposition. 

“He was an excellent politician, orator… For the Congress, he was the helmsman. He won the the hearts of everyone. Our prime minister respected him so much, one can imagine, how important he was for the country. He was a true Bharat Ratna,” Goel advised reporters.

Mukherjee, 84, leaves behind his daughter and two sons. 

“I am planning to build a museum cum library in his memory on one floor, first or the ground, at our house in Jangipur in West Bengal,” his son Abhijeet Mukherjee stated, an acknowledgement of his father’s enduring join along with his dwelling state.

Mukherjee was admitted to the Research and Referral Hospital on August 10 and was operated for removing of a clot within the mind the identical day. He additionally examined optimistic for COVID-19 throughout his admission and was being handled for a lung an infection.  The statesman and scholar, recognized for his encyclopaedic reminiscence and sharp mind, served because the nation’s first citizen from 2012 to 2017. 

In 1982, he turned India’s youngest finance minister when he was simply 47. In the years that adopted, he served as India’s Minister for External Affairs, Defence, Finance and Commerce and was the primary Indian president to have executed so.

Mukherjee had the excellence of serving three prime ministers as a minister — Indira Gandhi, P V Narasimha Rao and Manmohan Singh – and was the occasion’s trusted Man Friday because it developed over the many years.

The seven-time parliamentarian was additionally India’s solely non-prime minister who was the chief of the Lok Sabha for eight years. He was additionally the chief of the Rajya Sabha from 1980-85.

Mukherjee’s tenure as president will stand out for the powerful stance he took on mercy petitions. Of the 34 mercy petitions introduced to him, he rejected 30. –PTI 



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