Chief Minister, Cabinet colleagues and other leaders attend funeral at Hadagali

Hadagali, the hometown of former Deputy Chief Minister M.P. Prakash was in mourning as his body was laid to rest with full State honours on Thursday.

As a mark of respect, the police fired three rounds in the air even as the national anthem was played.

The body was taken in a hearse through the main thoroughfares of the town. A large number of people from various districts participated in the funeral procession.

All shops and business establishments in the temple town known for jasmine cultivation had downed their shutters as a mark of respect to the departed leader.

People, including women and children, from in and around Bellary district kept coming to pay their last respects to their leader at the taluk stadium.

As nothing was available to eat or quench their thirst, several voluntary organisations, including hotel owners association, contactors association, kirana merchants association, voluntarily arranged for food and water for the arriving people.

Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, his Cabinet colleagues, including G. Janardhan Reddy, Basavaraj Bommai, B. Sriramulu, C.M. Udasi, among others, participated in the funeral.

G. Karunakar Reddy, Revenue Minister, former Minister Malakaraddy, Congress leader R.V. Deshpande also paid their last respects.

State Congress leaders, including KPCC president G. Parameshwar, Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Siddaramaiah, K.C. Kondaiah, Santosh Lad, H.K. Patil, B.R. Patil, P.T. Parameshwar Nayak, N. Pratap Reddy and Kamala Mariswamy, were present.

Praveen Dawal was present as a representative of the All India Congress Committee.

In addition, a large number of religious heads, including Shivaratri Desikendra Swamy of Suttur Math, Mysore, and Sanganabasava Swamy of Kottur Math were present.