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Solanki laid to rest amidst tears & tribute

A SEA of humanity bid a tearful adieu to SP MLA Haji Mushtaq Solanki, one of the most popular leaders the city ever produced, who was laid to rest on Saturday. Such was the popularity of Solanki that people from other districts also kept pouring in since Friday night to lend their shoulders to the coffin in which his body started for the final journey. All prominent markets of the city were closed as a mark of respect to the departed leader.

india Updated: Jun 04, 2006 10:23 IST

A SEA of  humanity bid a tearful adieu to SP MLA Haji Mushtaq Solanki, one of the most popular leaders the city ever produced, who was laid to rest on Saturday.

Such was the popularity of Solanki that people from other districts also kept pouring in since Friday night to lend their shoulders to the coffin in which his body started for the final journey. All prominent markets of the city were closed as a mark of respect to the departed leader. 

Despite elaborate arrangements, traffic went haywire as all the streets in the nearly 12 km-stretch were crowded with the masses eager to have a last glimpse of their leader who was always more than willing to help the underprivileged sections of society. 

Ministers of the State government Shiv Pal Singh Yadav,  Mohammed Azam Khan and Ahmad Hassan ensured their personal presence at Solanki’s residence to pay their last respects to the departed party leader.

Solanki’s last journey started from his residence in Defence Colony, Jajmau.
The procession turned out to be mammoth, stretching up to more than 15 kms.  After traversing several areas including Jajmau, Circuit House, Murray Company, Phoolbagh and  Mall Road, it reached Shikshak Park and converged into a condolence meeting.

En route, thousands of people gathered along the roadside to pay their respects to the departed leader. A massive gathering of mourners was already waiting at Shikshak Park when the funeral procession reached there. 

The popularity of Solanki can be gauged by the presence of almost all BJP, Congress and BSP  leaders at Shikshak Park.  BJP leaders including party MLAs Satish Mahana, Salil Vishnoi, former MPs Jagat Veer Singh Drone and Shyam Behari Mishra, Ravindra Patni, Anoop Awasthi and  Rakesh Sonkar, among others, were  present. BJP leaders from the southern unit of the party in large numbers were also present.

From the Congress, party MLAs Ajay Kapoor and Sanjeev Dariabadi and district president of the party Abdul Mannan,  among others, were present to pay their last respects to Solanki. A water stall was also set up by the BJP leaders in front of Shikshak Park.

The condolence meeting was addressed by Satish Mahana, Shyam Behari Mishra, Abdul Mannan and others.

The popularity of Solanki transcended all barriers of  caste, creed and religion. People from all walks of life, including women in large numbers,  were out on the streets to pay their respects to Solanki.

From Shikshak Park, Solanki’s coffin was carried on shoulders to his ancestral graveyard adjacent to Bari Idgah. The namaz-e-janaza ( last prayer) was conducted by Qari Mohammed Elahi.

Solanki hadsuccumbed to multiple organ failure at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in New Delhi on Friday, after a week-long battle for survival.  He had slipped into coma on Wednesday night and could not regain consciousness.