Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday mourned the passing away of veteran socialist leader and former minister Muneshwar Prasad Singh and announced a state funeral him.
Singh`s death here yesterday was an irreparable loss to the socialist movement, he said in a condolence message.
Kumar recalled Singh`s active participation in the Quit India movement in 1942 and said he was respected by all for his uncompromising commitment to socialist ideology.
A four-term MLA from Mahnar in Bihar`s Vaishali district, Singh had served as the energy and irrigation minister in the Karpuri Thakur government in 1979.
His body was taken to the state legislature premises where Speaker Uday Narayan Chaudhary and several legislators of both houses paid floral tributes.
The body was later taken to Singh`s native village in Vaishali district for cremation.