Pranab Mukherjee: A President like no other 5/5 (3)

With the end of his tenure, Pranab Mukherjee signed off as the 13th president of India. Contributing significantly to the exponential growth and development of the country, his political career of nearly 50 years came to an end on the 25th of July 2017.

His work has proved to be noteworthy in the government and also in the Congress Party. Entering the Rajya Sabha at the age of 35, Pranab Mukherjee paved his way from being an election agent in West Bengal in the year 1969. He grew in prominence as Siddhartha Shankar Ray recommended him to Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Shortly after, his dedication won the confidence of the Prime Minister.

In fact, she appointed him as a minister of state which marked the huge success in his political career. Having worked alongside three Prime Ministers, Mukherjee remains to be the only finance minister to have presented budgets before and after the 1991 economic reforms.

A Survivor

Pranab Mukherjee’s extensive knowledge of national and international affairs and pre-eminence in parliamentary procedures marked him distinctively in the cabinet and Congress party. His drafting skills and perceptive memory gave him the upper- hand to draft AICC resolutions and chair party committees. His vital role in politics was largely aided by his exceptional command over the language and indispensable skills.

Often described as a survivor in the field of politics, the former president took his ups and downs in stride as they came. The former Finance Minister was left out of the cabinet during the tenure of Prime Minister Narasimha Rao and took up the position of deputy chairman of the Planning Commission. He was eventually expelled from the Congress Party after Rajiv Gandhi became the prime minister. His determination refused to accept the end of his political career as he bounced back and rejoined the party and contributed significantly in Dr. Manmohan Singh’s cabinet.

13th president of India

Pranab Mukherjee was elected in the year 2012 as the 13th president of India. He was sworn in by the Chief Justice of India on the 25th of July 2012. His tenure officially ended on the 25th of July 2017 as Ram Nath Kovind takes over. He has rejected over 24 pleas since he assumed office in 2012.

In his farewell speech, Mukherjee thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his drive and energy to bring about an incredible change in the country’s development. Being an integral part of the government, he fulfilled his role with great dignity and looks back with nostalgia as his career comes to an end.

Mr. Pranab Mukherjee was most definitely a president like no other.

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