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Government of India
Vice President's Secretariat
07-November-2010 16:45 IST
Vice President Condoles the Passing away of Sidhartha Shankar Ray
The Vice President of India Shri M. Hamid Ansari has condoled the passing away of former Chief Minister of West Bengal and Governer of Punjab, Shri Sidhartha Shankar Ray. The text of the Vice President’s condolence massage is as follows:

“I am deeply grieved to learn about the sad demise of Shri Sidhartha Shankar Ray, former Chief Minister of West Bengal, Governer of Punjab and Union Minister.

Sidhartha Shankar Ray was a legal luminary, an eminent public figure, a distinguished diplomat and above all a gentleman of the old school. He had a significant record of service in various capacities at the Centre and the State. He earned the respect and admiration of the people for his dedication, sense of public service and honesty. His services to the country shall always be remembered.

My wife joins me in sending our heartfelt condolence to the members of the bereaved family and the wide circle of his admirers and friends. We pray the Almighty to give them strength to withstand this loss.”

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