Monday, January 18, 2010

Tribute to Jyoti Basu

The entire nation mourns to Jyoti Basu's death.Jyoti Basu passes away at 95.The state government has declared a two-day state mourning and a paid state holiday on Monday in all government offices. The national flag would fly at half-mast atop all government offices and establishments.

State Chief Secretary Ashok Mohan Chakraborty said all non-government offices and educational institutions had been requested to declare a holiday. A state funeral will be held on Tuesday. Leaders from across the world are likely to arrive in Kolkata to pay tributes to Basu. Representatives of Communist parties in China, Cuba and Venezuela including other leaders like Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will attend the funeral.

Jyoti Basu would have finished 70 years in politics on January 1, 2010. But it was on that day he was admitted to hospital never to come out again.Kolkata-based leaders thronged the hospital on Sunday morning. CPM general secretary Prakash Karat was there and others like Brinda Karat have left for Kolkata. Renowned filmmaker, Mrinal Sen visited the hospital to pay his tributes. As did Union Minister and Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee.

President Pratibha Patil, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi have condoled Jyoti Basu's death.

The entire nation condoles for Jyoti Basu's death.


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