India’s 13th President Pranab Mukherjee today delivered an emotional farewell speech to the parliamentarians. The farewell function was started at 5.30 pm and besides current MPs, some former parliamentarians too have been invited to Pranab Mukherjee’s farewell .President Mukhergee was received by Vice President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar at Parliament for the farewell ceremony.
The speaker presented a specially designed shawl to Pranav Mukherjee and he was gifted a memento and a book signed by all MPs. In his farewell speech, President recalled his extraordinary journey from a Congress legislator in West Bengal to holding the country’s top constitutional post and reminded the MPs of their duties.
He also advised both the ruling and opposition party over declining time devoted to legislation in Parliament. In his 20 minutes speech he advised Ruling party that the government should avoid the ordinance route as it should be reserved only for compelling circumstances and the hailing passage of GST bill reflects the Maturity of our democracy Mukherjee said.In his speech he remembered former prime minister Mrs Indira Gandhi as his mentor and called her towering personality and a lady of steel.
He also added in his speech that acknowledging mistakes and rectifying them is always better than Justification. The Outgoing president ended his speech by saying, “I leave this magnificent building with a rainbow of memories and a sense of fulfilment and happiness of having served the people of this country as their humble servant.”
On Saturday Prime Minsiter Narender Modi hosted farewell for Pranab Mukherjee at Hyderawad House newly-elected president Ram Nath Kovind and former vice-president Hamid Ansari attended the farewell dinner. Chiefs of Staff Committee also given farewell to the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, on Friday.