\”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, and prarthanas from people throughout India! I thank all of You,\” tweeted Abhijit Mukherjee on Monday.
India\’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted a tribute, saying the country grieved the former president\’s passing.
\”He has left an indelible mark on the development trajectory of our nation. A scholar par excellence, a towering statesman, he was admired across the political spectrum and by all sections of society,\” Modi wrote.
The Prime Minister praised Mukherjee\’s \”long-lasting contributions in key economic and strategic ministries\” in another tweet.
\”He was an outstanding Parliamentarian, always well-prepared, extremely articulate as well as witty.\”
India\’s government announced seven days of mourning in response to the news of Mukherjee\’s death. Flags will be flown at half-mast, and there will be no official entertainment, it said in a press release.