Congress MP Murli Deora, 77, who played a key role in Mumbai’s politics for decades, was cremated with state honours on Monday.
The Congress top leadership, including president Sonia Gandhi, her son and vice-president Rahul, her daughter Priyanka and son-in-law Robert Vadra, attended the funeral.
Union minister Piyush Goyal, state ministers Vinod Tawde and Prakash Mehta, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray, Nationalist Congress Party president Sunil Tatkare paid tribute to Deora, whose body was kept at the Mumbai Congress headquarters in the afternoon.
Others present included senior Congress leaders Ahmed Patel, Motilal Vora, Mohan Prakash and Anand Sharma.
Deora, who headed the Mumbai Congress for 22 years, had been ailing for a long time. He breathed his last at 3.25am on Monday.
Deora is survived by his wife Hema and two sons — former union minister Milind and Mukul, a musician.
NCP activists, a majority of whom served under Deora in the Congress before the split in 1999, too, turned out in large numbers. The body was taken to the Chandanwadi cremation ground at around 4 pm.
Condoling Deora’s death, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “Just yesterday I had spoken to Shri Murli Deora’s family and asked about his health. Very sad to hear the unfortunate news today.”
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis described Deora as one of the tallest leaders from the state. “He leaves behind a rich legacy of political and social work. His efforts in anti-tobacco movement and computer education for students were outstanding,” Fadnavis said.