Rich tributes paid to former Lok Sabha speaker Rabi Ray


  • Odisha CM, Governor paid tributes to the departed soul
  • Bihar CM Nitish Kumar to attend funeral ceremony

Bhubaneswar: Leaders and politicians of various levels on Tuesday paid rich tributes to the departed soul of firebrand socialist and former Lok Sabha Speaker Rabi Ray, who passed away on Monday due to age-related ailments at the SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack.

The Odisha Government has declared one-day state mourning on Tuesday in honour of eminent socialist leader from Puri. National Flag is flown half-mast on all government buildings for the day.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Governor SC Jamir and other leaders paid floral tribute to Ray at Lohia Academy here. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar also paid tribute to Ray. He will attend the funeral of Ray at his native village.

The body of the departed leader will be cremated with full state honour.

Ray breathed his last on Monday while undergoing treatment at SCB Medical College Hospital in Cuttack. He was 90 and is survived by his wife Dr Saraswati Swain.

Born on November 26, 1926, in Puri district, Rabi Ray obtained his BA degree from Ravenshaw College and LLB degree from M S Law College in Cuttack city.

He was elected to the fourth Lok Sabha from Puri constituency in 1967. He was unanimously elected as the Speaker of ninth Lok Sabha on December 19, 1989.

Earlier, he was the Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare in Morarji Desai Ministry from January 1979 to January 1980.