Pranab Mukherjee was a scholar par excellence; Modi pays tribute

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HARIDWAR (Uttarakhand): The mortal remains of former President Pranab Mukherjee were immersed in the Ganges at Haridwar by his son Abhijit Mukherjee on Tuesday.

Pranab Mukherjee

Abhijit arrived in Haridwar, along with a few family members, for this purpose and said he would return to Delhi soon after. 

“It is our family custom to immerse the mortal remains at Haridwar. I will pray for the peace of his soul, and ask him to bless us no matter where he is. He dearly loved the Ganga too,” Abhijit told reporters after performing the ritual.

The former President’s funeral took place on September 1 with full military honours and he was cremated at the Lodhi Road crematorium.

Mukherjee, who had tested positive for the coronavirus, died on Monday, weeks after his brain surgery. He was 84. The government and many states have announced a seven-day official mourning.

Tributes by Modi:

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday paid tributes to former president Pranab Mukherjee and said the late leader left an indelible mark on the development trajectory of the country and was a scholar par excellence, a towering statesman who was admired across the political spectrum.

The Prime Minister, who made a series of tweets, also shared some images including one in which he touched the late leader’s feet to seek his blessings.

NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi paying last respects to the former President of India, Pranab Mukherjee at his residence 10, Rajaji Marg, in New Delhi on Tuesday. (ANI Photo)

PM Modi said Pranab Mukherjee’s wise counsel on key policy matters will never be forgotten by him.”India grieves the passing away of Bharat Ratna Pranab Mukherjee. He has left an indelible mark on the development trajectory of our nation. A scholar par excellence, a towering statesman, he was admired across the political spectrum and by all sections of society,” the Prime Minister said.

The Prime Minister also shared an image of his being administered oath of office by Pranab Mukherjee in 2014.  “I was new to Delhi in 2014. From Day 1, I was blessed to have the guidance, support and blessings of Pranab Mukherjee. I will always cherish my interactions with him. Condolences to his family, friends, admirers and supporters across India. Om Shanti,” he said.

The Prime Minister said 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 said.

Referring to Pranab Mukherjee’s years as the President, the Prime Minister said he made the President’s house a centre of learning, innovation, culture, science and literature. “His wise counsel on key policy matters will never be forgotten by me,” the Prime Minister said.

Pranab Mukherjee passed away on Monday at the Army Hospital (Research and Referral) Hospital where he was admitted earlier this month and had undergone surgery for removal of a clot in his brain.  He was 84. (ANI)