New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday praised President Pranab Mukherjee effusively, saying "he has been like a guardian and mentor to me on various subjects", despite the fact that both were from different political backgrounds.
Speaking at the inauguration of Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum, Modi also congratulated Mukherjee on completion of four years in the august office.
"We can learn from President Mukherjee how people from diverse political backgrounds can work shoulder to shoulder."
"I was new to Delhi. Everything was new to me. President Mukherjee was my guardian. He guided me on various subjects like a mentor. Only a few people get this privilege," the Prime Minister said.
"Today, I can proudly say that all the policies of the government of India have been implemented at Rashtrapati Bhavan, be it renewable energy, water conservation, environment-related policy and Digital India," he added.
The Prime Minister said President Mukherjee's contribution to India is immense. "He has given a lot to the President's office as well," said Modi.
Talking about Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum, Modi said it was a combination of history, art, imagination and technology.
"I request everyone to visit Rashtrapati Bhavan's Museum. It's a great attempt to revive history. Whoever visits this museum will not only be able to know about the history, but actually live history. The museum inaugurated today (Monday) is a great attempt to bring the past back to life."