New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee took the last presidential flight of his tenure from Bengal to New Delhi on Saturday. He has no more events lined up out of New Delhi and hence no more scheduled flights too as his tenure ends this week.
It was a nostalgic moment for him, his family as well as the entire entourage that has been travelling across the latitude and longitude for the past five years. The IAF – 1 or the India Air Force 1 is the official aircraft of the President of India for all his travel purposes and engagements.
This however was different from all other travels of his life. President Pranab Mukherjee’s son Abhijit Mukherjee too travelled on the same flight to accompany his father on this memorable trip on Saturday evening.
Speaking Exclusively to India Today Group, Abhijit said,”It was a nostalgic moment specially because we travelled from our native state to New Delhi. Everyone on board the aircraft was nostalgic. Babuji (as he addresses President Pranab Mukherjee) too was very emotional on this flight. Many clicked photographs and many shared some anecdotes of there memories on this two hour flight. Even the pilot, co- pilot, navigator, entire attache of Rashtrapati Bhawan was emotional on this trip.”
Pranab Mukherjee was on a two day trip to Bengal where he attended several programmes. He was a oart of the distribution of gas connections worth Rs 2.5 crore to BPL card holders of all communities under Ujjwala schemes of Government of India in the presence of Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.
He also attended ex-servicemen rally in the presence of the GoC of Eastern Command. President boarded IAF 1 from Panagarh in Burdwan district after travelling from Jangipur in Murshidabad in a chopper.
Interestingly, Jangipur has been the Lok Sabha Constituency for two terms after which he handed the a baton to his son to take the winning streak forward in all General Elections.
During his five year tenure, Pranab Mukherjee has taken several flights but this one was extremely special and different from all others… rightly pointed out by a close associate…”it is from his home to his residence!”