I have lost a personal friend: Pranab on Gujral's demise

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 I K Gujral and Pranab Mukherjee
New Delhi, Nov 30: President Pranab Mukherjee condoled the demise of former Prime Minister IK Gujral saying he has lost a personal friend and the nation an eminent public figure. In his condolence message to Gujral's MP son Naresh, Mukherjee said, "Gujral jee's services to the nation as a freedom fighter, Parliamentarian, scholar, commentator and as an administrator are invaluable. He was known for his passion for social justice."

The President said that Gujral's achievements in the field of foreign policy were particularly noteworthy and he will be remembered for having given "new direction" to India's relations with other South Asian countries through the 'Gujral doctrine'.

"His contribution to the nation through the Parliament and government will always be remembered. In his death, I have lost a personal friend and the nation an eminent public figure," Mukherjee said. 92-year-old Gujral passed away Friday at Medicity Medanta Hospital in Gurgaon after a multi-organ failure.

PTI

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