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Pranab Mukherjee, one of the longest serving parliamentarians who worked with 3 PMs

Pranab Mukherjee served in Rajya Sabha for 5 terms and in Lok Sabha twice. Most of his political life was spent as a committed Congress member.

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New Delhi: Pranab Mukherjee, the former President of India, died Monday evening at the Army’s Research and Referral Hospital, Delhi, after spending days in a coma. He was 84.

The veteran Congress leader had undergone brain surgery at the hospital earlier this month and had been on ventilator support since. In the pre-surgery tests, Mukherjee had tested positive for Covid-19.

His son Abhijit Mukherjee announced the news of his death on Twitter, writing: “With a Heavy Heart, this is to inform you that my father Shri #PranabMukherjee has just passed away inspite of the best efforts of Doctors of RR Hospital & prayers, duas & prarthanas from people throughout India.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tributes to Mukherjee, calling him a scholar par excellence and a towering statesman, along with other leaders from across party lines, including Mamata Banerjee, J.P. Nadda, Ram Vilas Paswan, Deve Gowda and K Chandrasekhar Rao.

ThePrint brings you some photographs from Mukherjee’s life.

A young Pranab Mukherjee smoking a pipe at his residence | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
A young Pranab Mukherjee smoking a pipe at his residence. Though he later kicked the habit, Mukherjee would always be remembered as the pipe-smoking politician | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
One of India’s youngest finance minister, Mukherjee was appointed to the post in 1982, at the age of 47 | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
One of India’s youngest finance minister, Mukherjee was appointed to the post in 1982, at the age of 47 | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Mukherjee at his South Delhi residence | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Mukherjee at his South Delhi residence. The veteran leader used to maintain daily diaries, and was known to be ‘the man who knew too much’. | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Pranab Mukherjee greets Congress leaderr Manmohan Singh left and Rahul Gandhi right | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Pranab Mukherjee greets Congress leaders Manmohan Singh (extreme left) and Rahul Gandhi (centre right). Mukherjee could’ve become PM in 2004, but Singh eventually was given the post | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Mukherjee entered politics in 1969. Impressed with his political prowess, Indira Gandhi, the then Prime Minister, had helped him get elected to the Rajya Sabha on a Congress ticket that year | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Mukherjee entered politics in 1969. Impressed with his political prowess, Indira Gandhi, then Prime Minister, had helped him get elected to the Rajya Sabha on a Congress ticket that year | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
The only time Mukherjee came close to stand in for the PM was when then Manmohan Singh underwent a heart bypass surgery in 2009 | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
The only time Mukherjee came close to stand in for the PM was when Manmohan Singh underwent a heart bypass surgery in 2009 | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Though Mukherjee always remained the second-in-command, he was by far one of the most powerful ministers and influential politicians in the Congress | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Mukherjee remained one of the most influential politicians in the Congress, the party’s crisis manager | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Mukerjee was was famous for his consensus-building ability in Congress | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
He was famous for his consensus-building ability in Congress | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Pranab Mukherjee with Sonia Gandhi | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Pranab Mukherjee was one of the brains behind the drama at the Congress Working Committee meeting in March 1998, in which then-party president Sitaram Kesri was ousted to make way for Sonia Gandhi | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal left), Pranab Mukherjee centre, Manish Sisodia behing Mukherjee at Shiksha event in New Delhi in 2019 | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal (left), Pranab Mukherjee (centre), Manish Sisodia (behind Mukherjee) at a Shiksha event in New Delhi in 2019 | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint
Pranab Mujherkjee with Hamid Ansari at a book launch event in New Delhi in 2019 | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint
Mukherjee with Hamid Ansari at a book launch event in New Delhi in 2019. Mukherjee served three prime ministers in his political career — Indira Gandhi, P.V. Narasimha Rao and Manmohan Singh | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint
Mukherjee’s over four-decade-long political career culminated on a high note in 2012, when he was appointed the 13th President of India | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Mukherjee was awarded the Bharat Ratna. His over four-decade-long political career culminated on a high note in 2012, when he was appointed the 13th President of India | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

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