Former President of India Pranab Mukherjee passed away on Tuesday following a lengthy battle with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Pranab Mukherjee got admitted to the hospital after accidentally slipping and falling in the bathroom. He remained on ventilator support and critical condition at the Army’s Research and Referral (R&R) hospital in Delhi.
Born in 1935 in West Bengal, Pranab Mukherjee’s political career began back in 1969 when the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi recruited him to the Indian National Congress. Thirteen years later, the late politician became the finance minister of India, serving for two years in his first stint. In 1995, Mukherjee became the minister of external affairs and vacated the position in 1996.
Pranab Mukherjee once again became the Finance Minister in 2009, implementing several tax reforms. On 25th of July in 2012, Pranab became the first Bengali to hold the President’s position of India and triggered many developments, including rejecting the mercy plea of people like Yakub Menon, Ajmal Kasab, and Afzal Guru.
Here’s how the cricketing fraternity reacted to the demise of Pranab Mukherjee:
A plethora of Indian cricketers, including Gautam Gambhir, Anil Kumble, Ajinkya Rahane, Virender Sehwag, VVS Laxman, Ishant Sharma, Vinod Kambli, and Kris Srikkanth expressed their condolences following the death of the prominent figure.
R.I.P., Pranab Da. The man who was well respected-admired across party lines. A true ambassador of the nation. Om Shanti 🙏
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) August 31, 2020
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) August 31, 2020
We have lost one of India’s greatest leader and the former president Shri. Pranab Mukherjee. Heart felt condolences to Sir’s family and friends. May his soul rest in peace 🙏🇮🇳 #PranabMukherjee
— Vinay Kumar R (@Vinay_Kumar_R) August 31, 2020
The nation has lost a brilliant leader. Saddened to hear about the passing of Shri Pranab Mukherjee. My sincere condolences to his family. 🙏🏼
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) August 31, 2020
— Pragyan Ojha (@pragyanojha) August 31, 2020
Rest in Peace #PranabMukherjee ji. An inspiring figure to the nation. My condolences are with his loved ones.
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) August 31, 2020
Heartfelt condolences on the passing of Shri. Pranab Mukherjee. May his soul rest in peace. 🙏🏽
— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) August 31, 2020
Deeply saddened to hear about the demise of former President Shri Pranab Mukherjee. He belonged to the league of leaders respected & loved across the spectrum. May god give strength to his family & loves ones. The nation will remember his immense contributions forever! pic.twitter.com/aqsilNOOgb
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) August 31, 2020
— Wriddhiman Saha (@Wriddhipops) August 31, 2020
Sad to hear about the demise of former President of India and Bharat Ratna, Shri #PranabMukherjee. My condolences to his family.
— Vinod Kambli (@vinodkambli349) August 31, 2020
Sorry to hear the demise of #PranabMukherjee , my deepest condolences to his family. Om shanti 🙏
— Kris Srikkanth (@KrisSrikkanth) August 31, 2020
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 31, 2020
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) August 31, 2020
We are surrounded by a cloud of sadness once again this year with the unfortunate demise of India's former President Shri Pranab Mukherjee(@CitiznMukherjee). Deeply saddened by the news. My heartfelt condolences to the family for such a major loss. God help them to cope with this pic.twitter.com/H3gGXikg56
— MANOJ TIWARY (@tiwarymanoj) August 31, 2020
Deeply saddened by the demise of our former President, Shri #PranabMukherjee! He was a great leader and served our country in many ways! Condolences to friends and family! Rest in Peace!🕉🙏 pic.twitter.com/ZtMvVRZkvc
— Ishant Sharma (@ImIshant) August 31, 2020
Deeply saddened to learn about the passing away of Former President Shri Pranab Mukherjee. My heartfelt condolences to his family. May his soul rest in peace 🙏
— Ajinkya Rahane (@ajinkyarahane88) August 31, 2020
My heartfelt condolences on the passing away of our former president #PranabMukherjee May his soul rest in Peace.
— Rahul Chahar (@rdchahar1) August 31, 2020