Modi posted on twitter,”President Mukherjee’s long years in public life make him an invaluable asset to our nation. His wisdom and intelligence have few parallels.”
“I convey my heartfelt wishes to our beloved president… I pray for his long and healthy life.
“Pranab Da has always been a respected leader, with friends and well-wishers across the political spectrum,” the prime minister said in a series of tweets.
Pranab Mukherjee is the 13th and current President of India, in office since July 2012. In a political career spanning six decades, Mukherjee was a senior leader of the Indian National Congress and occupied several ministerial portfolios in the Government of India. Prior to his election as President, Mukherjee was Union Finance Minister from 2009 to 2012, and the Congress party’s top troubleshooter.
A man of humble origins, Mukherjee was born in West Bengal’s Mirati village as son of freedom fighters, Kamada Kinkar Mukherjee and Rajlakshmi on December 11, 1935.