Chandigarh: Punjab Government has declared
a two-day mourning beginning on Sunday as a mark of respect to
Siddhartha Shankar Ray, a former state governor, who passed
away at Kolkata after a protracted illness.
The national flag would fly half mast over all the
public buildings and no official entertainment programmes
would be held during these days in the state, an official
spokesperson said here.
Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda also
expressed his sorrow over Ray`s demise.
In his condolence message issued here, Hooda said that
Ray was a multi-faceted personality.
"The country has lost a great parliamentarian,
seasoned politician and an able administrator," he said.
Similarly, Punjab Congress president Amarinder Singh
also condoled the demise of the former state governor.
"Ray remained the Governor of Punjab during the peak
of terrorism. He administered the affairs of the state very
well against all odds," Singh said.
People of Punjab in particular will always remember
him for what he did for the state to bring it out of that dark
period of terrorism, he noted.