46 Facts About Pranab Mukherjee

1. Pranab Mukherjee celebrates the Durga Puja at his ancestral home in Mirati village.

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2. Pranab Mukherjee was elected in the by-polls held after his father vacated the seat.

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3. Pranab Mukherjee was sworn-in by the Chief Justice of India on 25 July 2012, becoming the first Bengali to hold the post of President of India.

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4. Pranab Mukherjee was nominated as the presidential candidate of the United Progressive Alliance on 15 June 2012 after considerable political intrigue.

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5. Pranab Mukherjee has served on the Planning Board of the Asiatic Society.

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6. Pranab Mukherjee is the former chairman and president of the Rabindra Bharati University and the Nikhil Bharat Banga Sahitya Sammelan, as well as a former trustee of the Bangiya Sahitya Parishad and the Bidhan Memorial Trust.

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7. Pranab Mukherjee was chairman of the Indian Statistical Institute in Kolkata.

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8. In 2010 Pranab Mukherjee was awarded "Finance Minister of the Year for Asia" by Emerging Markets, the daily newspaper of record for the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

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9. Pranab Mukherjee declared the expansion in government spending was only temporary.

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10. Pranab Mukherjee expanded infrastructure programmes such as the National Highway Development Programme.

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11. Pranab Mukherjee expanded funding for several social sector schemes including the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission.

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12. Pranab Mukherjee supported budget increases for improving literacy and health care.

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13. Pranab Mukherjee implemented the Goods and Services Tax during his tenure.

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14. Pranab Mukherjee presented the annual budgets in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

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15. Pranab Mukherjee was appointed the Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission.

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16. Pranab Mukherjee was removed from his position even though he was rated as the best Finance Minister in the World that year according to a survey of Euromoney magazine.

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17. Pranab Mukherjee was removed from his position as Finance Minister by Rajiv Gandhi in 1984.

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18. Pranab Mukherjee was credited with being an early reformer of the Indian economy.

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19. Pranab Mukherjee signed the letter appointing Manmohan Singh as the Governor of the Reserve Bank of India in 1982.

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20. Pranab Mukherjee played a crucial role in mobilising world opinion against Pakistan after the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

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21. Pranab Mukherjee was appointed the External Affairs Minister of India in 1995.

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22. Pranab Mukherjee expanded co-operation with the United States during his tenure.

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23. Pranab Mukherjee was the recipient of "The Best Administrator in India" award in 2011.

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24. Pranab Mukherjee was appointed to the Central Election Committee on 12 December 2001.

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25. Pranab Mukherjee was appointed chairman of the Campaign Committee of AICC for conducting National Elections to Parliament in 1984, 1991, 1996 and 1998.

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26. Pranab Mukherjee became a member of the Central Parliamentary Board of the All India Congress Committee that year.

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27. Pranab Mukherjee became a member of the Congress Working Committee on 27 January 1978.

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28. Pranab Mukherjee is "very well respected within the party social circles.

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29. Pranab Mukherjee had the distinction of being the Minister for various high-profile Ministries including Defence, Finance, and External Affairs.

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30. Pranab Mukherjee held many important posts in the Manmohan Singh government.

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31. Pranab Mukherjee became Leader of the House in the Lok Sabha in 2004.

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32. Pranab Mukherjee was made President of the West Bengal Congress in 2000 and held the position until his resignation in 2010.

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33. Pranab Mukherjee served as External Affairs Minister for the first time from 1995 to 1996 in Rao's cabinet.

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34. Pranab Mukherjee lost his position in the cabinet and was sent to manage the regional West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee.

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35. In 1979, Pranab Mukherjee became Deputy Leader of the INC in the Rajya Sabha, and in 1980 he was appointed Leader of the House.

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36. Pranab Mukherjee emerged unscathed and rose through a series of cabinet posts to become Finance Minister from 1982 to 1984.

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37. Pranab Mukherjee became a Gandhi loyalist and is often described as his "man for all seasons".

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38. Pranab Mukherjee was re-elected to the house in 1975, 1981, 1993 and 1999.

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39. Pranab Mukherjee became a member of the Rajya Sabha in July 1969.

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40. Pranab Mukherjee was an upper-division Clerk in the Office of the Deputy Accountant-General in Calcutta.

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41. Pranab Mukherjee was born in a Bengali Hindu Kulin Brahmin family in Mirati, a village in the Bengal Presidency of British India.

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42. In June 2018 Pranab Mukherjee became first former President of India to address a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh event.

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43. Pranab Mukherjee formed his own party, the Rashtriya Samajwadi Congress, which merged with the Congress in 1989 after reaching a consensus with Rajiv Gandhi.

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44. Pranab Mukherjee was sidelined from the Congress during the premiership of Rajiv Gandhi, Indira Gandhi's son.

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45. Pranab Mukherjee was Leader of the House in the Rajya Sabha from 1980 to 1985.

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46. Pranab Mukherjee got his break in politics in 1969 when Prime Minister Indira Gandhi helped him get elected to the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of Parliament of India, on a Congress ticket.

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