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New Delhi: Bharat Ratna Pranab Mukherjee, who gave a new direction to the country as President after five decades of party politics, died in Delhi's military hospital on Monday. 84-year-old Pranab was hospitalized since August 10. Pranab's body has been brought to his residence at 10 Rajaji Marg for the final darshan. Arriving here, President Ramnath Kovind, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to him. The funeral will be held at 2 pm at the crematorium on Lodhi Road.
Was admitted in army hospital
Pranab's great personality can be gauged from the fact that he held important portfolios like defense and finance before taking over as president in July 2012. He was admitted to RR (Research and Referral) Hospital in Delhi Cantt in the afternoon of 10 August. He had a blood clot in his brain, which underwent surgery. Investigations on the same day also found corona infected. Health did not improve after the operation. He was in a coma and had lung and kidney infections. They had to provide ventilator support.
Seven-day mourning declared
He breathed his last at 4:30 pm on Monday evening. Pranab Mukherjee was the 13th President of India, who had proved his mettle in national politics for five decades. The central government has declared seven days of mourning (31 August to 6 September) in his honor. The flags of the Rashtrapati Bhavan and the Parliament House have been lowered. He has been given many adjectives such as Chanakya, Troubleshooter due to his unique political talent. In 2019, he was awarded the Bharat Ratna. Many leaders including President Ramnath Kovind, PM Modi, Amit Shah, Rahul Gandhi expressed condolences on Pranab's death.
Pranab da's last 50 years are a glimpse of India's 50-year history- Sonia
Congress President Sonia Gandhi said that Pranab da was such a part of the Congress that it is difficult to think how we will run without his knowledge, experience, suggestions and understanding. I learned a lot from them. His last 50 years are a glimpse of India's 50-year history.