Modi writes to 'Pranab Da', says 'It has been an honour to work with you'
'Your legacy will continue to guide us. We will continue to draw strength from your democratic vision of taking everyone along, which you have developed over a long and illustrious public life.' Modi wrote to Pranab Mukherjee. Photograph: (Twitter)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has written a letter to former President Pranab Mukherjee, praising him for his "immense contribution to the nation" during his presidential tenure.
The letter was received by Pranab Mukherjee on his last day in office. Mukherjee posted the letter on his twitter handle.
Modi also shared the letter on his Twitter account with the caption: "Pranab Da, I will always cherish working with you."
In the letter, the prime minister thanked Mukherjee for being a "father figure" and a "mentor".
"Three years ago, I came to New Delhi as an outsider. The task before me was huge and challenging. In these times, you have always been a father figure and a mentor to me. Your wisdom, guidance and personal warmth have given me greater confidence and strength," he wrote.
Modi also expressed admiration for Pranab Mukherjee's intellect, saying, "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. You stand as a great source of inspiration for the people of India."
Idolising his political career, PM Modi added, "Your legacy will continue to guide us. We will continue to draw strength from your democratic vision of taking everyone along, which you have developed over a long and illustrious public life."