President pays tribute to Giani Zail Singh

New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee today paid tribute to his predecessor Giani Zail Singh on his 100th birth anniversary and went on to say that he was a “true Giani”.

Paying tributes to former president at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, President Pranab Mukherjee Zail Singh’s career offers evidence of the opportunities Indian democracy provides to every citizen irrespective of the status he or she hails from.

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“The great heights that Giani Zail Singh rose to, from a humble and poor background, bears testimony to this great feature of Indian democracy,” he said.

A freedom fighter and a Congress politician from Punjab who also served as the state chief minister, and also held many key portfolios, including home, in the central government, Zail Singh was the seventh president (1982-87).

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On the occasion, Vice President Hamid Ansari released a documentary on the life of Zail Singh while the former president’s daughter Gurdeep Kaur released a book “Fragrant Recollections” (a collection of memoirs and tributes on Zail Singh). The first copies were presented to the president.