Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Nov 7:
The world came to a standstill for thousands of supporters of firebrand Congress leader Lalatendu Bidyadhar Mohapatra aka Lulu Mohapatra who had been inconsolably waiting to have a glimpse of the departed soul.
The Congress leaders and people from various walks of life gathered outside the Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) broke down as the body of the veteran Congress leader arrived here by IndiGo flight 6E 211 at 6.11 pm.
Full-throated cries of “Lulu Bhai Amar Rahe” rent the air as the body of the three-time Brahmagiri legislator landed at the airport here from New Delhi this evening.
The cortege moved in a huge procession to his government quarters under Unit-VI area in the city at around 6.40 pm where arrangements were made for people to pay their last respect to him.
Several Congress leaders including Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) president Prasad Harichandan, Leader of Opposition (LoP) in Odisha Assembly Narasingha Mishra, former Union Fertiliser Minister Srikant Jena, MP Chiranjeev Biswal, NSUI president Itish Pradhan, Pitambar Acharya, Dharanidhar Nayak and others thronged Mohapatra’s residence to pay floral tributes.
As per schedule, the body would be taken to the leader’s government quarters where it will be kept for public darshan. Tomorrow morning, the body will be taken to the Congress Bhawan from where it will be taken to state Assembly at 9 am.
Several leaders and legislators are scheduled to pay their last respect to the leader at state Assembly tomorrow. From there, the cortege would be taken to his native place Gadarodang in Puri district where the last rites would be performed.
The senior leader and youth icon breathed his last at Gurugram-based Medanta Hospital at around 10.15 pm last night. He was undergoing treatment at the hospital for liver cirrhosis.
Earlier in the day, the body was taken to AIIMS-New Delhi for embalming. Senior Congress leaders Ahmed Patel and Ghulam Nabi Azad paid their respect to the leader at the national capital.
On the other hand, Prasad Harichandan today announced that OPCC would observe a three-day mourning as a mark of respect to the departed leader.