Former WB Chief Minister SS Ray cremated
Former West Bengal chief minister Siddhartha Shankar Ray was on Sunday cremated with full state honours at the Keoratala crematorium where several prominent political leaders, including Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee, were present.kolkata Updated: Nov 07, 2010 19:09 IST
Former West Bengal chief minister Siddhartha Shankar Ray was on Sunday cremated with full state honours at the Keoratala crematorium where several prominent political leaders, including Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee, were present.
The departed leader's body was taken to the Assembly, Calcutta High Court, CAB headquarters and Chittaranjan Seva Sadan before being taken to the crematorium as hundreds of people lined the streets to have a last glimpse of him during the final journey.
Mamata Banerjee, who was close to Ray and would often go to him for advice, accompanied the hearse for some distance on its final journey to the Keoratala crematorium.
She rejoined the funeral procession after the departed leader's body was taken to places intimately associated with his life and career.
State Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and Finance minister Asim Dasgupta paid their last respects and placed a wreath on Ray's body at the Assembly as leaders of other political parties also paid their last respects.
West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee president Manas Bhuniya attended the funeral and paid his respects.
Leader of Opposition in the state Assembly Partha Chatterjee, union minister of state Mukul Roy and MP Kalyan Banerjee were among several Trinamool Congress leaders present.
Former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee, Left Front chairman Biman Bose also paid their last respects to Ray whose body was consigned to flames with full state honours and a 21-gun salute.
The body was taken to the High Court where judges and lawyers paid their last respects and then to the CAB headquarter at the Eden Gardens, where CAB president Jagmohan Dalmiya placed a wreath on his body.
Ray, a famed barrister, an able administrator and also a first class sportsman, is survived by his wife Maya.