Former WB Chief Minister SS Ray passes away

Former West Bengal chief minister Siddhartha Shankar Ray Saturday night died at his South Kolkata residence after a protracted illness.

Last Updated: Nov 06, 2010, 23:52 PM IST

Kolkata: Former West Bengal chief minister
Siddhartha Shankar Ray Saturday night died at his South Kolkata
residence after a protracted illness.

He was 90 and survived by his wife Maya Ray.

"Ray was ill for quite a long time and had been on
dialysis since March. The end came about 6:50 pm," his
confidential assistant M Kaviraj said.

Ray, a close friend of former chief minister late
Jyoti Basu, was elected as the chief minister in 1972.

The Congress veteran, a former Punjab Governor, had
also served as the Indian Ambassador to the US.

A confidant of late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in
the 70s, he was appointed union minister (in-charge of West
Bengal affairs) by her in 1971.

Ray was a grandson of revolutionary freedom fighter
Deshbandhu Chittaranjan Das.

PTI

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