Bidding adieu to the former President of India Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi showered praise for Mukherjee claiming that he never judged or compared the decisions of his government with the previous ruling government.

PM Modi said, “I was surprised while working with Pranab Da for three years that despite having been a part of the government for so long, and that too in key decision-making positions, he never judged or compared my government’s decisions by his past experiences.”

While addressing a function at the Rastrapati Bhavan, PM Narendra Modi released a book — Selected Speeches of President – Volume 4 — and presented the first copy to the former President.

“Pranab Mukherjee always saw the decisions in the present context with the present realities,” PM Modi said.

Highlighting the helping nature of Pranab Mukherjee, PM Modi said that even though he and President came in to politics from entirely different backgrounds, following different ideologies, “Pranab Da never let me feel that.”

Calling himself new for the ‘central’ power, PM Modi said that it was all because of President Mukherjee that he could learn the nitty-gritty of governance at the Centre.

Addressing the function, the former President said, “I learnt from conversations with young and bright minds in colleges and universities, scientists, innovators, scholars, jurists, authors, artists and leaders from across the spectrum. These interactions kept him focused and inspired.”

Pranab Mukherjee also welcomed the 14th President of India — Ram Nath Kovind.

Ram Nath Kovind’s swearing-in ceremony will be held on July 25 at 12:15 pm.