Remembering India's former President Pranab Mukherjee, Indian leaders paid tribute to the Bharat Ratna awardee on his death anniversary. Taking on their Twitter accounts, Union Ministers including Hardeep Singh Puri, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya and several others leaders paid their respects to the former President. Dr Pranab Mukherjee breathed his last August 31, 2020, after he was admitted to coma post a successful brain surgery at Army Hospital (R&R) in New Delhi.
Union Minister for Housing & Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri wrote that the late President will be forever remembered 'for his contribution to public life & exemplary service to the nation'.
My tribute to India's former President, Bharat Ratna Sh Pranab Mukherjee Ji on his first Punyatithi.— Hardeep Singh Puri (@HardeepSPuri) August 31, 2021
He will always be remembered for his contribution to public life & exemplary service to the nation. pic.twitter.com/gCaWxrE5QJ
Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi described Pranab Mukherjee as a 'towering statesman' and paid him a tribute.
My tributes to a towering statesman, “Bharat Ratna”, former President of India, Pranab Mukherjee Ji, on his death anniversary. pic.twitter.com/apIbKpA1cO— Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi (@naqvimukhtar) August 31, 2021
Assam Chief Minister and BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma remembered the former President and said his "contribution to the nation's progress" is "unparalleled'.
Paying rich tributes to former President of India, Swargiya Pranab Mukherjee on his punyatithi.— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) August 31, 2021
A statesman whose contribution to the nation's progress is unparalleled, he also immensely enriched the country's public discourse with his wisdom. pic.twitter.com/H0KSXu9x9n
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan tweeted saying, "Humble tributes to the former President of India, the revered Pranab Mukherjee ji on his death anniversary! He was an ajatashatru of politics. Every moment of his life was dedicated for the progress of the nation and society" in Hindi.
भारत के पूर्व राष्ट्रपति, श्रद्धेय प्रणब मुखर्जी जी की पुण्यतिथि पर विनम्र श्रद्धांजलि!— Shivraj Singh Chouhan (@ChouhanShivraj) August 31, 2021
वे राजनीति के अजातशत्रु थे। उनके जीवन का हर क्षण राष्ट्र एवं समाज की उन्नति के लिए समर्पित था। #PranabMukherjee pic.twitter.com/nU7Bq5y4TG
Meghalaya Chief Minister also paid his 'humble tribute' to the late veteran.
My humble tribute to our former President, Bharat Ratna, Sh Pranab Mukherjee Ji on his death anniversary. pic.twitter.com/lUUZUvq89d— Conrad Sangma (@SangmaConrad) August 31, 2021
Goa Chief Minister Dr Pramod Sawant wrote that the former President will be remembered 'for his immense contribution to India'.
My humble tributes to Former President of India Bharat Ratna Pranab Mukherjee ji on his death anniversary. He will be remembered for his immense contribution to India. pic.twitter.com/hHUwq2iAr2— Dr. Pramod Sawant (@DrPramodPSawant) August 31, 2021
Pranab Mukherjee's son and All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Abhijit Mukherjee wrote 'your absence is a void among us that can never be filled' for his late father.
Baba , Your life was a blessing , your memory a treasure , you are loved beyond words & missed beyond measure !— Abhijit Mukherjee (@ABHIJIT_LS) August 31, 2021
We remember you every day and your absence is a void among us that can never be filled !
Manipur CM N Biren Singh called the former President a 'political stalwart' and remembered him for 'his rich contributions to public service and the Nation'.
My humble tributes to India's former President, Bharat Ratna Shri Pranab Mukherjee Ji on his Punyatithi.— N.Biren Singh (@NBirenSingh) August 31, 2021
A towering statesman and a political stalwart, remembering his rich contributions to public service and the Nation. pic.twitter.com/xsTEpJtXFg
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot also wrote about the successful political career of the late Pranab Mukherjee and described him as a 'statesman & politician, who contributed immensely towards nation’s progress serving in different capacities all his life'.
Remembering & paying my humble tributes to former President of India, veteran Congress leader Shri Pranab Mukherjee on his death anniversary. He was a statesman & politician, who contributed immensely towards nation’s progress serving in different capacities all his life. pic.twitter.com/NCitfetNzn— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) August 31, 2021
Pranab Mukherjee Legacy Foundation (PMLF) described the day as a 'solemn occasion' and wrote to embark upon 'a new journey to uphold his ideas and ideals'.
“Peace must be our ideology, progress our horizon”— Pranab Mukherjee Legacy Foundation- PMLF (@CitiznMukherjee) August 31, 2021
Fondly remembering the inspiring contribution of Shri Pranab Mukherjee towards nation building, on his first death anniversary.
On this solemn ocassion, PMLF embarks on a new journey to uphold his ideas and ideals. pic.twitter.com/mPHjRvyP4q
Pranab Mukherjee hailed from the small village of Mirati in Birbhum District of West Bengal and was born to freedom fighters, Shri Kamada Kinkar Mukherjee and Rajlakshmi on December 11, 1935. After acquiring a Master’s degree in History and Political Science and a degree in Law from the University of Kolkata, he became a college teacher and a journalist. Joining the Congress party, he was elected to the Rajya Sabha in 1969.
He rose when he was working in former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's cabinet as he was made Deputy Minister, Industry, Shipping and Transport, Steel and Industry and Minister of State for Finance in 1973-74 during the Emergency. He was first made Finance Minister in 1982 in the Indira Gandhi cabinet and was Leader of the House in the Upper House of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) from 1980 to 1985. Later in his career, he was appointed Minister for Commerce 1993-1995, Minister of External Affairs from 1995-1996, Minister of Defence 2004-2006, Minister of External Affairs 2006-2009, Minister of Finance 2009-2012 and Leader of the Lok Sabha 2004-2012, till he resigned to be made President of India. He was awarded the Bharat Ratna- India's highest civilian honour in 2019.