Naveen Pays Tribute To Pranab Mukherjee On His 85th Birth Anniversary

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday paid tribute to former President of India Pranab Mukherjee on his 85th birth anniversary.

“Humble tributes to former President Bharat Ratna #PranabMukherjee on his birth anniversary. Pranab Da was an outstanding parliamentarian, a distinguished statesman and will always be remembered for his contribution to nation building, ” read the Odisha CM’s tweet.



Mukherjee was born in 1935 in Mirati, Bengal Presidency, British India. His father, Kamada Kinkar Mukherjee played an active role in the Independence movement. He served in the West Bengal Legislative Council post-Independence as a representative of the Indian National Congress. In the early stages of his career, Mukherjee worked as an upper-division clerk in the Office of the Deputy Accountant-General in Kolkata.

Before entering politics, he also worked as a journalist at Desher Dak.

Mukherjee started his political career when he founded the Bangla Congress in 1967. He forged the United Front alliance against the Indian National Congress. In 1969, he became a member of the Rajya Sabha for the first time on a Bangla Congress ticket.

In 1972, then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi brought Mukherjee into the Indian National Congress as Bangla Congress merged into the grand old party.

Mukherjee held several crucial portfolios in the Manmohan Singh-led UPA government including Defence, Finance, and External Affairs.

Mukherjee was known to be a workaholic who worked about 18 hours a day and took few leaves.