Marxist veteran Surjeet’s funeral Sunday

August 3rd, 2008 - 11:35 am ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 3 (IANS) Harkishan Singh Surjeet, the architect of Indian coalition politics, who died Friday after a prolonged illness, will be cremated here Sunday. Thousands of party workers are expected to pay homage to the Marxist leader when his body will be kept for public viewing at his 3 Teen Murti Lane residence and later at the party headquarters here. Surjeet was the general secretary of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) from 1992-2005.

Leaders of various political parties including ministers and social activists are expected to arrive at the A.K. Gopalan Bhavan, the CPI-M office, where his body will be kept from 10.30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m.

The funeral procession to Nigambodh Ghat, where his last rites will be performed, will begin at 3 p.m., a CPI-M press release said.

Surjeet, 92, who had towered over the country’s communist movement for over seven decades, died due to multiple ailments at 1.35 p.m. Friday in the Metro Hospital, Noida.

Surjeet was born in a Punjab village March 23, 1916. He is survived by wife Pritam Kaur, two sons - Pramjeet Singh and Gurucharan Singh (Punjab CPI-M committee member) - and daughter Charanjeet Kaur.

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