Bada: Alkali stalwart Prakash Singh Bada was cremated with full state honours at his ancestral village in Punjab’s Muktsar district on Thursday with thousands of mourners and leaders across the political spectrum paying their last respects to the five-time chief minister:
Shiromani Alkali Dal (SAD) chief Sudhir Singh Bada lit the funeral pyre at a special platform erected for the last rites as a Punjab Police contingent accorded a gun salute.
Wrapped in the Tricolour, Baal’s mortal remains were taken to the family’s farmland, around a kilometer from his residence where it was kept for people to have the last ‘darshan’, on a flower-bedecked tractor-trolley with his son Sudhir Singh Basal and other family members standing with folded hands on it.
Overcome with emotions, Sudhir Bada and his sister Parent Kaur Kairon broke down before the body was con- signed to flames. Sudhir Baal’s cousin Manpreet Singh Ba- dal was seen comforting him.
Sudhir’s wife and former union minister HRsmart Kaur Bada, their two daughters and a son, were present alongside Manpreet Baal’s son and daughter. BJP president JP Nada, NCP chief Sharad Pawer, National Conference’s Omar Abdullah, Union minister Hardeep Singh Pura, Rajas- than Chief Minister Ashok Geilo and senior BJP leader Ta- run Chough visited the Bada village to pay their homage.