**New Delhi:** Pranab Mukherjee, former president of India and veteran Congressman passed away on Monday after prolonged illness.!
Mukherjee’s son Abhijit took to Twitter and made the announcement. In a post, he said, “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 & Prarthana from people throughout India! I thank all of You Folded hands.”
Pranab Mukherjee served as India’s President between 2012 and 2017. His career in politics spanned over five decades. As a Congress leader, Pranab Mukherjee held a wide array of top cabinet posts, including finance, defence, home, among others. Pranab Mukherjee was serving as Finance Minister in the UPA II when he was fielded as a candidate for presidentship. He had defeated PA Sangma with a wide margin to enter the President’s House. However, after serving a five-year term as the President of India, he refused to contest the election again and stepped down due to health concerns.
Pranab Mukherjee hailed from West Bengal. He famously attended every Durga Puja at his home town Mirati in Birbhum district. For his distinguished service to the nation, he was first awarded India’s second-highest civilian award, Padma Vibhushan in 2008 and then honored with Bharat Ratna – India’s highest civilian award in 2019.