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Former president Pranab Mukherjee passes away: A look at his five-decade long political career

Mukherjee was the 13th president of India who held the Constitutional office from 2012 to 2017.

August 31, 2020 / 07:25 PM IST

Former president and Congress veteran Pranab Mukherjee passed away on August 31. The 84-year-old was admitted to the military hospital around noon on August 10, and had also tested positive for COVID-19 prior to the surgery. His condition had remained critical a day after he underwent a brain surgery.

A look at Mukherjee's five-decade-long political career

Born in Mirati, a village in West Bengal's Birbhum district, Mukherjee was the thirteenth president of India who held the Constitutional office from 2012 to 2017. Before this, he held the post of the country's finance minister from 2009 to 2012.

The son of freedom fighters, Pranab Mukherjee made his entry into the Parliament in 1969, as a member of the Rajya Sabha. His rise in his political career was under the mentorship of former prime minister Indira Gandhi, whom he called "a towering personality" with "the courage to call a spade a spade".