Pranab Mukherjee: former Indian president dies at 84

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“With a heavy heart, this is to inform you that my father Shri #PranabMukherjee has just passed away despite the best efforts of the doctors at the RR hospital and the prayers, duas and prarthanas from all over India! Thank you all, ”Abhijit Mukherjee tweeted Monday.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted a tribute, saying the country mourns the death of the former president.

“He left an indelible mark on our nation’s development trajectory. A scholar par excellence, an imposing statesman, he was admired across the political spectrum and by all sections of society, ”Modi wrote.

The prime minister praised Mukherjee’s “enduring contributions to key economic and strategic ministries” in another tweet.

“He was an exceptional parliamentarian, always well prepared, extremely articulate and witty. “Pranab Mukherjee previously announced on Twitter that he was due for surgery the second week of August and that he was not released from the hospital after the treatment.

Before the operation, the former president tweeted that he had contracted Covid-19, but there was no announcement from the hospital or his family on the cause of death.

“During a visit to the hospital for a separate procedure, I tested positive for COVID19 today. I am asking people who came in contact with me last week to self-isolate and get tested for COVID-19, ”Mukherjee tweeted on August 10.

Mukherjee was elected thirteenth President of India in 2012 by the then ruling United Progressive Alliance, in a coalition government with the Congress Party.

He has served as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Defense, Trade and Finance under various administrations for nearly five decades and a member of the Indian Parliament seven times.

Mukherjee ended part of his term as president under Modi, stepping down in 2017.

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