Modi pays last respects to Pranab Mukherjee, funeral today

Published:Thursday, 03 Sep 2020 06:09

Modi pays last respects to Pranab Mukherjee, funeral today

The funeral of former Indian President Pranab Mukherjee will be held at 2.00 pm today (Tuesday) at the Lodhi Road crematorium in New Delhi.

India’s 13th president, Pranab Mukherjee, one of India’s most respected leaders across the political spectrum, died on Monday evening following a 21-day battle with multiple ailments. He was 84.

The government and many states have announced seven-day official mourning.

Pranab Mukherjee’s body has been taken to his official home in Delhi, 10 Rajaji Marg, for people to pay their last respects.

President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited his residence and paid their last respects.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat and the chiefs of the three services also paid homage to the former president.

The Defence Ministry, in a statement last evening, gave details of wreath laying by dignitaries, politicians and others.