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Troubleshooting minister to popular President: Pranab Mukherjee in politics

Veteran politician's career spanned five decades; was awarded Bharat Ratna in 2019

President Ram Nath Kovind confers Bharat Ratna upon former president Pranab Mukherjee during a ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi | File Photo: PTI
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President Ram Nath Kovind confers Bharat Ratna upon former president Pranab Mukherjee during a ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi | File Photo: PTI

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Former president Pranab Mukherjee passed away on Monday at Delhi’s Army’s Research and Referral (R&R) Hospital. He was 84.
 
Mukherjee, whose career spanned more than five decades, served as a Congress party politician, parliamentarian respected across party lines, minister in charge of the most demanding portfolios, and finally as the President of India. Mukherjee was a minister in every Congress government since 1971. As defence minister, he was responsible for increasing the military budget; as minister of external affairs, he played a crucial role in the signing of Indo-US Civil Nuclear Agreement in 2008; and

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First Published: Aug 31 2020 | 6:45 PM IST

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