PM, Sonia attend Vilasrao funeral

Last Updated: Wed, Aug 15, 2012 21:44 hrs

Latur, Maharashtra, Aug 15 (IBNS): Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi joined the funeral of former Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh who was cremated with full state honour on Wednesday evening.

In the presence of thousands of his followers and the top political leaders and Bollywood personalities, Deshmukh was cremated at his Babhalgaon village in Latur district of Maharashtra in the evening.

It is from Latur that Deshmukh had began his political career with win in panchayat election and as a sarpanch.

The last rites were performed by Deshmukh´s eldest son Amit Deshmukh, who is an MLA from Latur.

Besides the PM and Sonia Gandhi, also present at the funeral were union ministers like
Sushil Kumar Shinde, Sharad Pawar, Praful Patel and Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan.

Deshmukh, who was the Union Minister of Science and Technology, and Earth Sciences, breathed his last in a Chennai hospital on Tuesday. He was 67.

Deshmukh´s body was brought to Latur, his home district, by a special flight on Wednesday morning.

A huge crowd waited outside the airport as family members, associates and friends of the Congress leader accompanied his body from Latur airport to Dayanand School in the city.

The body was kept there to allow people to pay their last respects and then was taken to Babhalgaon village where it was kept for a while at his ancestral home.

Deshmukh´s funeral was conducted with full state honours.

Deshmukh was suffering from a serious liver ailment and failure of multiple organs and the end came at 1-40 pm on Tuesday.

According to the hospital doctor, their attempt to gather liver from a brain dead donor failed on Monday night after the man passed away before the operation from cardiac failure.

Chairman of Chennai´s Global Hospitals Dr K Ravindranath said Deshmukh had some chances of survival if there was a donor at the right time.

Deshmukh is survived by his wife Vaishali and three sons, including his more famous Bollywood actor son Riteish Deshmukh. His other two sons are Amit Deshmukh, an MLA from Latur city, and Dheeraj.

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