Former president Pranab Mukherjee is conferred with the highest civilian award, Bharat Ratna by the BJP led NDA government.
Along with Pranab, late Assamese singer Bhupen Hazarika and late social activist Nanaji Deshmukh were also awarded Bharat Ratna, according to a statement released by the Rashtrapathi Bhavan.
Pranab was the 13th President of India and currently he is staying away from politics. Pranab is a true Congress man and Gandhi family supporter. This decision of awarding Bharat Ratna to him by the BJP government in the centre has surprised all.