Former President Pranab Mukherjee's Health Declines, in 'Septic Shock', Says Hospital

Former president Pranab Mukherjee passed away on Monday. He was 84

Former president Pranab Mukherjee passed away on Monday. He was 84

"On a visit to the hospital for a separate procedure, I have tested positive for COVID19 today", the 84-year-old said in a tweet.

"There is a decline in the medical condition of Hon'ble Shri Pranab Mukherjee since yesterday", the Army Hospital, where the Congress stalwart was admitted, had reported on Monday morning. Politicians cutting across party lines had wished Mukherjee a speedy recovery.

In 2012, Mukherjee was elected President of India. He held several ministerial portfolios during his political tenure and was Minister of Finance between 2009 and 2012, Minister of Defence (2004-2006), Minister of External Affairs (2006-2009). "This expectation was possibly based on the fact that I had extensive experience in government, while Singh's vast experience was as a civil servant with five years as a reformist finance minister", Mukherjee wrote in The Coalition Years, the final volume of his three-part autobiography.

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Mukherjee was awarded India's highest civilian honor, the Bharat Ratna, in 2019.

According to the Times of India, Mukherjee passed away today after suffering from septic shock caused by the infection.

Valued for his ability to build consensus by exerting his charm to bring together disparate groups, Mukherjee never won the top job, despite decades of loyalty to the Congress party.

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Ajay Devgn wrote, "India loses a great statesman & respected leader. Our prayers are with his family, followers & the nation". Even Amit Shah, Ram Nath Kovind and Rahul Gandhi have expressed their grief over the tragic loss and the 'end of an era.'. "We remember his contributions in strengthening Nepal-India relations in different capacities of his public life", Prime Minister Oli added. The nation mourns losing one of its worthiest sons. "Heartfelt condolences to the government and people of India as well as the bereaved family members", PM Oli tweeted on Monday evening.

The home minister said that the demise of the former President has left a huge void in the Indian polity.

The prime minister recalled that Mukherjee, as the then President when he became prime minister for the first time, always supported and guided him.

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