Former President Pranab Mukherjee to get Bharat Ratna along with Bhupen Hazarika, Nanaji Deshmukh

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New Delhi | Updated: January 25, 2019 10:43:09 PM

The government has today conferred Bharat Ratna awards on former president Pranab Mukherjee along with along with late Nanaji Deshmukh and late singer Bhupen Hazarika

 Former president Pranab Mukherjee , bhupen hazarika, nanaji deshmukhFormer president Pranab Mukherjee

The government has today conferred Bharat Ratna awards on former president Pranab Mukherjee along with along with late Nanaji Deshmukh and late singer Bhupen Hazarika (both posthumously).

Pranab Mukherjee, who was born on December 11, 1935was India’s president between 2012 and 2017.Before moving to the Rashtrapati Bhawan, he was a senior leader in the Congress and held number of ministerial portfolios. He served as finance minister from 2009-2012 under the prime ministership of Manmohan Singh. Pranab Mukherjee had also worked closely with former PM Indira Gandhi, going on to become one of her trusted lieutenants.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to congratulate all the three.

On Pranab Mukherjee’s getting award, he tweeted, “Pranab Da is an outstanding statesman of our times. He has served the nation selflessly and tirelessly for decades, leaving a strong imprint on the nation’s growth trajectory. His wisdom and intellect have few parallels. Delighted that he has been conferred the Bharat Ratna”.

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Deshmukh , a founder member of Janata Party, was a Sangh Parivar veteran. He was one of the senior members of the Bharatiya Janata Party. He also a vital role in carrying out social restructuring programme in over 500 villages of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.

Singer Bhupen Hazarika, who will also be honoured was a popular singer from Assam. He was alsp honoured with Padma Vobhushan in 2012 .

Bharat Ratna is the highest civilian award in the country. It is bestowed  upon recognition of work done by individuals in various fields, playing their part in development of the country.

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