Bharat Ratna for Mukherjee fitting recognition for his service to nation: PM

RSTV Bureau
New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind flanked by Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with Union Home Minister Amit Shah and the recipient of Bharat Ratna Award 2019 pose for a photo at a function at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi, Thursday, Aug 8, 2019. Former president Pranab Mukherjee, late Bharatiya Jana Sangh leader Nanaji Deshmukh and late singer Bhupen Hazarika were conferred the Bharat Ratna, the country's highest civilian award. (RB/PTI Photo)

New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind flanked by Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with Union Home Minister Amit Shah and the recipient of Bharat Ratna Award 2019 pose for a photo at a function at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi, Thursday, Aug 8, 2019. Former president Pranab Mukherjee, late Bharatiya Jana Sangh leader Nanaji Deshmukh and late singer Bhupen Hazarika were conferred the Bharat Ratna, the country’s highest civilian award. (RB/PTI Photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said the Bharat Ratna conferred on former president Pranab Mukherjee is a fitting recognition for his service to the nation.

Mukherjee was conferred the highest civilian award by his successor Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday.

“Thank you for leaving no stone unturned towards making India more developed. It was an honour to witness you receiving the Bharat Ratna, a fitting recognition of everything that you have done for the nation,” PM Modi tweeted.

Acclaimed Assamese singer Bhupen Hazarika and RSS leader Nanaji Deshmukh were conferred the award posthumously.

(With inputs from agency)