Pranab Mukherjee will embark on a new journey transcending political affiliations in the high Constitutional job with an ease none of his predecessors may have enjoyed because of his experience spanning 45 years in government and politics.
His election to the President's office today comes as a fitting finale for the 76-year-old Congressman from West Bengal, till recently the troubleshooter of UPA, a task he has handled for last eight years.
Not an established lawyer by training but considered an expert in the working of the Constitution and governance, he was ever seen as the perennial 'No 2' in government.
Mukherjee was a utility man from the days of Indira Gandhi, when he was the powerful Minister of State for Revenue during the Emergency, and later as Finance Minister in the 80s.
Image: President elect Pranab Mukherjee greets media outside his residence after wining in New Delhi, Sunday, July 22, 2012.