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Subhas Chakraborty cremated

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 4, 2009 - 23:11

Kolkata: West Bengal Transport minister
Subhas Chakraborty was on Tuesday cremated here with full state
honours after thousands, in one of the biggest outpourings of
grief, paid their last respects to the CPI(M) leader who
touched a chord with the masses irrespective of political

The last post was sounded and a police contingent gave
a gun salute as the 67-year-old leader`s body was taken to
the Keoratala crematorium in South Kolkata amid slogans --
`Subhasda amar rahe` and `Subhas Chakraborty laal salaam.`

Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, several of his
cabinet colleagues, CPI(M) politburo member Sitaram Yechuri,
Left Front chairman Biman Bose and other Front leaders were
present at the crematorium.

Known as a political disciple of CPI(M) patriarch
Jyoti Basu, Chakraborty often courted controversies by taking
on the party leadership on issues like withdrawal of support
to UPA government over Indo-US nuclear deal and not allowing
Basu to become prime minister in 1996.

Earlier, the body of Chakraborty, who died fighting
cancer yesterday, was taken in a mammoth funeral procession
from the CPI(M) state headquarter on Alimuddin Street in
central Kolkata as thousands of people lined both sides of the
streets to have a glimpse of the leader during his final

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, August 4, 2009 - 23:11
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