Pranab Mukherjee, who served as the 13th President of India from 2012 to 2017 passed away Monday evening at the age of 84. His son, Abhijit Mukherjee has confirmed his dismissal through his tweet. Mukherjee had suffered a fall at his Rajaji Marg house and had been operated to remove a blood clot in his brain on August 10. He was also tested positive for Covid-19. Doctors on Monday morning warned that there was a decline in his condition. Soon after, Abhijit Mukherjee also tweeted a request to people, asking them to pray for his father. “He is a fighter & with all your good wishes & prayers , He will surely recover !” Abhijit tweeted.
Three hours later, Abhijit made the announcement on social media.
“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 !,” he tweeted.
Mukherjee was born on 11 December 1935 in Mirati. His political career spanned five decades, the highest point of which came when he became President of India. He was Minister of Finance between 2009 and 2012, Minister of Defence (2004-2006), Minister of External Affairs (2006-2009).
Pranab Mukherjee was also awarded India’s highest civilian honour, Bharat Ratna in 2019 by the current President of India, Ram Nath Kovind.
Politicians like Narendra Modi, Rahul Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal, Amit Shah and many others are giving their condolences to his family through their tweets.