Sad news for Mukherjee fans. Speculation had been rife that the Indian president is about to announce his retirement from politics, at age 84, with immediate effect.
UPDATE 12/07/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Being a politician isn't fun anymore
“As we get older, there are phases of life that we enter into, and being a politician just isn't fun anymore,” he might have said, says a source who remained anonymous. Other reports hinted that he may branch out into other creative fields he is better at (and more interested in), though they didn't provide any details.
For a little while on Saturday evening, #ThankYouPranab was a trending hashtag on Twitter. As many fans reminisce and look back on all the unforgettable memories, some may wonder what about now made him make the decision.
“Pranab Mukherjee was unlike any other politician we’ve ever seen! #ThankYouPranab”
— @universalObserver, 11 Jul 2020
“Mukherjee wasn't retired?”
— @borisB0, 11 Jul 2020
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