Veteran CPI(M) leader Pandhe cremated
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Last Updated: Sunday, August 21, 2011, 18:41
New Delhi: Veteran trade unionist and CPI(M) Politburo member Madhukar Kashinath Pandhe, who died of cardiac arrest on Saturday, was cremated here today with thousands of people paying homage to him.

Pandhe, who was 86, died in the wee hours yesterday at Ram Manohar Lohia hospital after he was admitted there.

The veteran leader's body was first kept at the CITU headquarters where thousands of labourers from various PSUs paid homage to him.

Later, his body was taken to the CPI(M) headquarters in central Delhi where party top brass and cadres paid rich tributes to the leader.

Born on July 11, 1925 at Pune, he joined the Communist Party in 1943. He completed his post-graduation from Pune University from where he earned a doctorate from the Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics.

Pandhe, who was the Secretary of the Sholapur City Committee of the CPI, later took an active part in the Goa liberation struggle.

Top management representatives of Defence PSUs, and others like NTPC, BHEL, Coal India and other PSUs were also present.

RSP's Abani Roy, CPI's A B Bardhan and Gurudas Dasgupta and Biswas of Forward Bloc and CPI(M) leaders Prakash Karat, Brinda Karat, Sitaram yechury, Pinnarayi Vijayan and others also paid tributes to Pandhe.

The body was cremated at the Lodhi Road crematorium.


First Published: Sunday, August 21, 2011, 18:41

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