Pranab Mukherjee dead: Former president Pranab Mukherjee passed away on Monday. The 84-year-old had undergone brain surgery at the Army Research and Referral hospital and was on ventilator support. He had also contracted Covid-19. His condition declined further after he suffered a septic shock due to his lung infection, the Hospital said. “India grieves the passing away of Bharat Ratna Pranab Mukherjee. 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 & by all sections of society: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a tweet. In his long political career, Mukherjee served as an MP seven times. Before becoming the President of India in 2012, he had at different points of time been the chief whip of the Congress Parliamentary Party, and an important minister in various Cabinets. Pranab Mukherjee remained rooted to the ground: President Kovind “Endowed with perspicacity and wisdom, Bharat Ratna Shri Mukherjee combined tradition and modernity. In his 5 decade long illustrious public life, he remained rooted to the ground irrespective of the exalted offices he held,” President Ram Nath Kovind said in a tweet. Mukherjee endeared himself to people across the political spectrum, he added. India grieves the passing away of Pranab Mukherjee: PM Modi In a tweet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “India grieves the passing away of Bharat Ratna Shri Pranab Mukherjee. 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 added. Pranab Mukherjee first became the general secretary of the Congress in 1998. He was a member of the Congress Working Committee for 23 years. For a brief period he was also given the responsibility to head the West Bengal unit of the Party. Mukherjee worked under three Prime Ministers – Indira Gandhi, Narasimha Rao and Dr Manmohan Singh. He is the only finance minister to have presented budgets both before the 1991 reforms in the license-permit raj regime as well after the 1991 economic reforms. He took bold decisions after the global economic crisis of 2008 which helped shield the Indian economy. As commerce minister in 1993, Pranabda championed the cause of trade liberalisation.