Pranab Mukherjee’s final rites carried out; President, VP, Prime Minister pay respects

New Delhi, September 1 

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

Pranab Mukherjee’s final rites carried out on the Lodhi highway crematorium the place household and relations have been current in PPE kits. 

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 automobile. 

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

Following COVID-19 protocols resembling 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 resembling 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 varied 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 common 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 a long time 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 mentioned Mukherjee by no means differentiated between leaders of the ruling social gathering 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 mentioned, an acknowledgement of his father’s enduring join together with his dwelling state.

Mukherjee was admitted to the Research and Referral Hospital on August 10 and was operated for elimination 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, identified 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 achieved 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 social gathering’s trusted Man Friday because it developed over the a long time.

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 robust stance he took on mercy petitions. Of the 34 mercy petitions introduced to him, he rejected 30. –PTI 

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