Former President of India Pranab Mukerjee on Thursday tweeted out a letter that he received from PM Narendra Modi on his last day as the President of India. 

In the letter, which PM Modi sent to Pranab Mukherjee, the Prime Minister expressed his admiration and respect for the former Indian President. Mukherjee, who said that those words written in the letter ‘touched my heart’, shared it on the micro blogging site Twitter.

In the letter PM Modi writes, “Three years ago, I came to New Delhi as an outsider. The task before me was huge and challenging. In these times, you have always been a father figure and a mentor to me. Your wisdom, guidance and personal warmth have given me greater confidence and strength.”

PM Modi even talked of Pranab Mukherjee’s “wisdom, guidance and personal warmth” and thanked him for being a beacon of light that inspired confidence and strength.

“You have been so warm, affectionate and caring to me. Your one phone call asking me ‘I hope you are taking care of your health’ was enough to fill me with fresh energy, after a long day of meetings or on a campaign tour,” wrote the PM.

To Mukherjee’s tweet, here’s what PM Modi replied,

In the letter PM Modi even mentioned that despite their different political journeys, they were able to work together. “Pranab Da, our political journeys took shape in different political parties. Our ideologies, at times, have been different. Our experiences are also varied…Yet, such is the strength of your intellect and wisdom that we were able to work together with synergy.”

Pranab Mukherjee, who served as the 13th President of India from 2012 to 2017 is a veteran Congress leader who had won the Presidential election as a nominee of the Congress and the UPA.

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