Basu gets state funeral on Tuesday; Hasina, Sonia to be present
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Last Updated: Monday, January 18, 2010, 20:23
  
Kolkata: CPI(M) patriarch Jyoti Basu would be given a state funeral here tomorrow after Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Congress president Sonia Gandhi, BJP leader L K Advani and a host of dignitaries and commoners pay homage to him.

"Jyoti Basu will be given a state funeral tomorrow. Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will led a 30-member delegation to pay tribute to Basu at the assembly premises where his body will be kept for over five hours," Assembly Speaker Hasim Abdul Halim told reporters here.

Hasina, who reaches Kolkata in the morning by a special flight, will be accompanied by four of her cabinet colleagues and Bangladesh's former military ruler Hussain Muhammed Ershad who had studied in school and college in West Bengal.

Among other leaders to pay homage would be union ministers Sharad Pawar and S Jaipal Reddy, former Lok Sabha speaker P A Sangma, former prime minister H D Deve Gowda and RJD leader Lalu Prasad.

Under a changed schedule, Basu's body will be taken from the funeral parlour, where it is being kept, to CPI(M) headquarters at Alimuddin Street at around 8:30 am.

CPI-M politburo and Central and State Committee members besides leaders of other political parties will pay homage to Basu at the CPI-M headquarters, CPI(M) state secretary Biman Bose said.

PTI


First Published: Monday, January 18, 2010, 20:23


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