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Prez, PM, others pay last respects to Pranab Mukherjee

Source: PTI  -  Edited By: Utkarsh Mishra
Last updated on: September 01, 2020 13:57 IST
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President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and chiefs of three defence services were among the dignitaries who paid their last respects to former President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday morning.


IMAGE: President Ram Nath Kovind pays tribute to former President and veteran Congress leader Pranab Mukherjee -- who passed away at an army hospital on Monday -- at the latter's residence in New Delhi, on Tuesday. Photograph: PTI Photo

Mukherjee's mortal remains were brought to his residence, 10, Rajaji Marg, earlier on Tuesday from the army hospital where he breathed his last on Monday.

IMAGE: Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays his last respects to the former President. Photograph: PTI Photo

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, Army Chief General M M Naravane, Air Chief Marshal R K S Bhadauria and Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh were among others who paid homage to him.

IMAGE: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat pays tribute to Mukherjee. Photograph: PTI Photo

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat, Bharatiya Janata Party president J P Nadda, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Union ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and Harsh Vardhan, Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and Communist Party of India's D Raja also paid their respects to him.

IMAGE: Indian national flag flies at half-mast at Parliament Building during the seven-day state mourning on Mukherjee's demise, in New Delhi, on Tuesday. Photograph: Vijay Verma/PTI Photo

Cremation is scheduled in the afternoon.

IMAGE: Barricades block traffic as van carrying mortal remains of former President Pranab Mukherjee arrives at his residence, in New Delhi, on Tuesday. Photograph: Atul Yadav/PTI Photo

The Union government had on Monday announced a seven-day state mourning as a mark of respect for the former President.

IMAGE: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh pays tribute to the former President. Photograph: Kind courtesy @rajnathsingh/Twitter

Mukherjee died following a 21-day battle with multiple ailments. He was 84.

IMAGE: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi lays a wreath. Photograph: @INCIndia/Twitter

A seven-time parliamentarian and recipient of Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honour, he was one of the most admired and respected political figures.

IMAGE: Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman pays her last respects to Mukherjee. Photograph: Kind courtesy @nsitharamanoffc/Twitter

IMAGE: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal pays his last respects to the former President. Photograph: Kind courtesy @ArvindKejriwal/Twitter
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