Kolkata, Nov 13, 2010 (Calcutta Tube/IBNS):Former Chief Minister of West Bengal Siddhartha Shankar Ray was cremated with full state honour in Kolkata on last Sunday evening.
He was cremated at Keoratala burning ghat in south Kolkata and was given ‘gun salute’ before cremation.
[ReviewAZON asin=”0195691598″ display=”inlinepost”]Ray’s family members as well as political leaders assembled at the Keoratala burning ghat to pay their last tribute to the Congress leader.
His body was kept for last homage till 1 pm before his residence and then taken to the state assembly, the Calcutta High Court (where he practised) and Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) office at Eden Gardens with which he was involved.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has condoled the death of Ray and mentioned him as ‘a leader who had contributed to build the nation’.
“Siddhartha Shankar Ray had gained efficiency in both politics and law. We deeply mourn his death,” Biman Bose, state secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M) told reporters.
“I have not seen Chittaranjan Das, but I have seen him (Siddhartha Shankar Ray). He was a brave Bengali,” said Forward Bloc state General Secretary Ashok Ghosh.
The West Bengal Government has declared state holiday on Monday to pay homage to the former Chief Minister.
Ray passed away on Saturday evening at his south Kolkata residence at an age of 90.
He was suffering from kidney problem and was not well of late.
A chief minister of West Bengal from 1972 to 1977, which included the turbulent Naxalite movement period of Bengal, he later became the Governor of Punjab state during the Khalistan movement.
The well known barrister and a close friend of his late political rival and communist leader Jyoti Basu, he was also the ambassador of India to the United States of America.