Monday July 24, 2017, New Delhi
Pranab Mukherjee, in his last address to the nation as the President of India, said that the "soul of India resides in pluralism and tolerance." He thanked the citizens for their trust and confidence in him. "For the past fifty years of my public life my sacred text has been the Constitution of India. My temple has been the Parliament of India and my passion has been the service of the people of India," the 81-year-old leader said. Ending his speech, he added that tomorrow when he speaks to the people, it will be as any other citizen of the country. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also lauded the President saying, "Under President Pranab Mukherjee, Rashtrapati Bhavan became a 'Lok Bhavan'." Pranab Mukherjee's term ends tomorrow with Ram Nath Kovind taking oath as the 14th President of India.