PM, Sonia pay last respects to Deshmukh

August 15th, 2012 - 4:20 pm ICT by IANS  

Manmohan Singh Latur, Aug 15 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi paid their last respects to former Maharashtra chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh in Babhalgaon village here Wednesday.

Soon after arriving from the capital, Singh laid a wreath on Deshmukh’s coffin and with folded hands offered condolences to family members including wife Vaishali and sons Amit, Dheeraj and Reitesh.

Gandhi, who reached the venue along with Manmohan Singh, also laid a wreath and embraced the grieving Vaishali, who stood behind her husband’s coffin.

She also consoled three sons and other family members.

Governor K. Sankaranarayanan, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar also paid their respects to Deshmukh.

Several Bollywood personalities also turned up on the occasion.

Deshmukh passed away after suffering a heart attack in a Chennai hospital Tuesday following multiple organ failure.

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