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Prez, VP, PM pay last respects to ex-President Pranab Mukherjee

New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday paid their last respects to former President Pranab Mukherjee at his official residence here at 10 Rajaji Marg.

Earlier, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and chiefs of three Defence
services were among the dignitaries who paid their last respects to him.

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress leaders–Rahul Gandhi and Ghulam Nabi Azad, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, BJP president J P Nadda and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also paid last respects to the Bharat Ratna recipient.

The mortal remains of former President Pranab Mukherjee were brought to his official residence on Tuesday morning for dignitaries to pay tribute.

An official statement said that due to social distancing norms and other COVID-19 related protocols,
the mortal remains will “proceed in hearse van instead of normal gun carriage”.

The funeral will be held at 1400 hrs at the Lodhi Road crematorium, his family said.
The Centre on Monday announced a seven-day national mourning as a mark of respect to former President Pranab Mukherjee.

The former President passed away here on Monday at Army R&R Army Hospital after prolonged illness. He was 84.

Mukherjee was admitted to the hospital on August 10 in a critical condition. He had a large brain clot, for which he underwent an emergency life-saving surgery. He was also found to be suffering from COVID-19.

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