"The Vice President joins the nation in offering condolences to the President on his bereavement," a statement by his office said. The Prime Minister tweeted, "Pained to know about the passing away of Mrs. Suvra Mukherjee. My condolences to Rashtrapati ji & his family in this hour of grief."

He said Suvra Mukherjee will be remembered as a lover of art, culture & music. "Her warm nature endeared her to everyone she met," PM Modi added. President Pranab Mukherjee's wife Suvra had been ailing for some time and she passed away this morning at the age of 74.

Mukherjee got married to Suvra on July 13, 1957. The First Lady hailed from Jessore, now in Bangladesh, and had migrated to Kolkata at the age of 10 years. Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi expressed deep grief over the passing away of the First Lady.

Extending her condolences to the President and members of his family, Sonia said that she, Congress and the entire country stood with them in this moment of bereavement.

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