President Mukherjee Remembers Life as MP at Farewell, Thanks Modi

Outgoing President of India Pranab Mukherjee

The 10, Rajaji Marg mansion will now be the humble abode of 81-year-old Mukherjee as he moves out of the grand Rashtrapati Bhawan, where he had assumed office as the 13th President on July 25, 2012. The President's views on national and global issues have "enhanced the stature of the top office", said the Vice-President, who is also the chairman of the upper house, Rajya Sabha. "Recent passage of GST and its launch on July 1 is shining example of cooperative federalism and speaks volumes for maturity of India's Parliament", he said.

Highlighting his worry over the decline in time devoted to legislative business, he said, "with the heightened complexity of administration, legislation must be preceded by scrutiny and adequate discussion". President Mukherjee termed Indira a towering personality who guided his political career. He also thanked the PM for his "guidance and cooperation" and praised Narendra Modi for "driving transformational changes in the country with passion and energy".

"I am of the firm opinion that the ordinance route should be used only in compelling circumstances and there should be no recourse to ordinances on monetary matters", he said, while addressing the joint session of lawmakers in the Parliament's Central Hall.

Mukherjee also used his speech at the farewell function in Parliament's Central Hall to remind the Opposition that disruption would not serve any objective, saying it hurts them more as it denies the opportunity to raise people's concerns.

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Mukherjee also remembered his "mentor", former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi as a "towering personality". "Looking directly into the eyes of mediapersons, in a level voice she replied: "In those 21 months we comprehensively managed to alienate all sections of people", Mukherjee recalled.

Mukherjee is said to have had loved his pipes, even after he quit smoking years ago. Ansari lauded Mukherjee for his "unshakable belief in the idea of India" and said he often appealed to the people to re-dedicate themselves to the democratic values of the country.

In her address, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said, during his tenure, Mr Mukherjee besides discharging his constitutional responsibilities with dignity and grace, he has effectively articulated the concern before the nation.

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