New Delhi, August 09: Hailing the leader’s par excellence who served the nation with utmost dedication and commitment, Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday congratulated former President Pranab Mukherjee on being conferred the Bharat Ratna. “Pranab da‘s knowledge and experience has benefited the nation greatly”, he said.
While President Ram Nath Kovind yesterday gave away the award to Mukherjee, Hazarika's son Tej and Vikramjeet Singh, a close relative of Deshmukh in the Rashtrapati Bhavan yesterday, Shah said that conferment of the country's highest civilian award to late singer Bhupen Hazarika and late Bharatiya Jana Sangh leader Nanaji Deshmukh were matters of great pride for the entire country.
"Congratulations to former President of India, Pranab Mukherjee ji on being conferred with Bharat Ratna. He is a leader par excellence who has served the nation with utmost dedication and commitment," he tweeted.
"He was a versatile artist who set a benchmark with his exceptional talent. It was Bhupen ji who has introduced the folk music of Assam and Northeast to Hindi cinema," he added further referring to Hazarika’s art formats. The He also hailed Nanaji Deshmukh’s service and his struggle for the welfare of people living in villages.