Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and United Progressive
Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi will be among a host of
dignitaries scheduled to arrive here Tuesday to pay their last
respects to Marxist patriarch Jyoti Basu.
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee will represent the central
government, Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M)
state secretary Biman
told mediapersons here.
several other central ministers, including Urban Development
Minister S. Jaipal Reddy, have also said they would be present when
Basu's body is taken out of the funeral parlour, Peace Haven - where
it is now embalmed - and handed over to a state-run hospital.
(RJD) chief Lalu Prasad is reaching the city Monday to attend Basu's
of other national parties are also scheduled to attend, Bose said.
Janata Party (BJP) stalwart L.K. Advani, party president Nitin
Gadkari and Janata Dal United (JD-U) leader Sharad Yadav will fly in
to the city Tuesday afternoon to pay their last respects at the
state assembly where Basu's body will be kept for public viewing,
BJP sources said.
of the CPI-M politburo and several central committee members will
attend the last journey of the former West Bengal chief minister.
whether representatives of communist parties from abroad will be
present, Bose said: "No names have been confirmed yet".
Congress spokesperson Shakeel Ahmed confirmed Sonia Gandhi would be
going to Kolkata Tuesday.
Congress chief had written to Jyoti Basu's son Chandan Basu Sunday
to condole the death and had described the Marxist leader as a
"tireless crusader against communalism" and a "warrior for social
Congress president said Basu "did not go gently into the night - he
fought bravely until his last breath, just as he did throughout his
life. And what a rich, fulfilled and glorious life he had."
Gandhi also said that Basu had contributed to the formation of the
United Progressive Alliance government in 2004. "We continued to
count on him for his wise counsel even after he retired from
political life," she said, adding that his demise had left millions
of his political followers in the country feeling bereft.
be no funeral of Basu on Tuesday as he has pledged his body for
medical research. The body will be handed over to a government-run
hospital Tuesday. His eyes have already been donated.