Modi calls Mukherjee ‘father figure’ in farewell letter

RSTV Bureau

Former President Pranab Mukherjee shared a letter he had received from Prime Minister Narendra Modi before leaving Rashtrapati Bhavan on Thursday.

New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in conversation at Rashtrapati Bhavan, Nov 15, 2016. Photo - PTI

New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in conversation at Rashtrapati Bhavan, Nov 15, 2016.
Photo – PTI

Pranab Mukherjee posted the letter on social media and said it touched his heart.

In the letter, PM Narendra Modi thanked President Pranab Mukherjee for being a “father figure” and a “mentor” for him.

“Your intellectual prowess has constantly helped my government and me,” the Prime Minister wrote in the letter.

New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in conversation at Rashtrapati Bhavan, Nov 15, 2016. Photo - PTI

New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in conversation at Rashtrapati Bhavan, Nov 15, 2016.
Photo – PTI

PM also said that despite coming from different political ideologies, it was the strength of Pranab Mukherjee’s intellect and wisdom that created good working atmosphere

“During your political journey and your presidency, you placed the well-being of the nation over everything else… You belong to a generation of leaders for whom politics was simply a means to selflessly give back to society,” Modi wrote in the farewell letter to Pranab Mukherjee.

Here is the letter.