Herald: State funeral for Wagh at Ponda today

State funeral for Wagh at Ponda today

17 Feb 2019 05:33am IST
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17 Feb 2019 05:33am IST

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PANJIM: Former MLA and noted poet Vishnu Surya Wagh, who died in Johannesburg in South Africa last week, will be accorded State funeral on Sunday at 4 pm in Ponda. 

Addressing media persons on Saturday, Minister for Art and Culture Govind Gawade said that the mortal remains of Wagh will arrive at Dabolim airport on Sunday at 2.40 am, from where it would be taken to his ancestral home in Dhavli-Ponda. 

Gawade said that the remains would be kept for public homage at Bandodkar ground, Ponda from 9 am onwards on Sunday. 

“The remains would be carried to Muktidham at 4 pm on Sunday where final rites would be performed on the body.  He would be cremated with State honours,” the minister said. 

Death of Wagh, former BJP St Andre MLA was announced by his wife Aruna on February 13. Wagh had suffered severe stroke in August 2016 and since then had been bed ridden. 

Gawade said that the poets from Maharashtra and other parts of the State, who were closely associated with Wagh, would be arriving for the final rites. 

He said that the government would consider all possible proposals to honour Wagh.
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