People participate in the funeral ceremony of Comrade Govind Pansare in Kolhapur on Saturday. 	-PTI
People participate in the funeral ceremony of Comrade Govind Pansare in Kolhapur on Saturday. -PTI

Glowing Tributes Paid To The Senior CPI Leader

Mumbai : With the death of Com. Govind Pansare, the state has lost a fighting leader and a progressive ideologue, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has said in his condolence message.

Chief Minister has also said in his message that Pansare would always be remembered for his contributions for the weaker sections of the society and various agitations that he initiated. “Pansare was the labour leader, but, he supported numerous other causes and also led the society through his writings. This contribution of Pansare would always be remembered,” he said.

Tributes poured in for veteran Communist leader Govind Pansare — who succumbed to bullet injuries last night here — with a demand to nab the culprits at the earliest and need to take stern action against elements acting against progressive thinkers in Maharashtra.

Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao expressed grief over Pansare’s demise, saying the attack earlier this week had caused extreme grief and anguish to all right thinking people.

“The assassination of a selfless social worker like Shri Pansare is a dastardly act. I have no doubt in my mind that the State government will take every step to bring the perpetrators of the crime to justice,” he said.

NCP leader Supriya Sule said Pansare’s death comes as a shock because everyone thought he will survive the murder attempt.

“The death comes close on the heels of the passing away of NCP leader R R Patil which has cast a pall of gloom amongst us. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who is heading the Home department, should take action to ensure that the culprits are brought to book immediately,” she said.

NCP State President Sunil Tatkare said all individuals with progressive outlook should unite to stop such elements who want to destroy revolutionary and progressive leaders like Pansare.

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), while paying tribute to Pansare, urged the Maharashtra Government to nab the assailants at the earliest.

“Just as the killers of Pansare have not been found, the killers of Dr Narendra Dabholkar are also still at large. As a result of this, the government has made itself vulnerable to suspicion that its agencies may be supporting those behind the attacks on Maharashtra’s progressive ideas and traditions,” a statement from AAP said.

AAP said Pansare was at the forefront of the struggle against social injustices and inequality.

Apart from being the voice of unorganised labourers, he was also leading

In Pansare, State Has Lost A Fighting Leader: Fadnavis

the agitation against the exploitation of the toll contractor mafia. He was a strong advocate of inter-caste marriages as a means of countering the practices of discrimination in society.

“All activists today are feeling enraged and disturbed by comrade Pansare’s death. We have to work harder to build a more rational and liberal society,” the statement said.

Education Minister Vinod Tawde, Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar, Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse, Chairman of the legislative council Shivajirao Deshmukh also condoled the demise of Pansare, saying the progressive movement in the state had lost one of its pillars and the loss to this fight for the rights of underprivileged is irreparable.

“The state has lost a true reformist. His views on recommendations of Mandal as well as the Sachchar commission were guiding force for all of us,” NCP state unit chief Sunil Tatkare said in his condolence message and called all progressive forces to join hands against the attacks on icons of the progressive Maharashtra.

BJP’s state unit president Raosaheb Danve described Pansare as a leader who always fought for the oppressed classes and said that the void created by his death won’t be filled soon.

MPCC chief Manikrao Thakre described Pansare as a multi-faceted personality. “He was a labour leader, a political exponent, a social reformist all brought together with a strong fabric of progressive thought and a passion to work for the down trodden,” Thakre said.

Jnanpith Awardee Bhal-chandra Nemade, who was awarded the recently, too condemned the death of Pan-sare. “Maharashtra is rapidly turning into Taliban. We need to stop this immediately. I regret to call Maharahstra a progressive state,” he said. Nemade even asked why people who killed Dabholkar have not been arrested as yet. “Does that mean non-deserving people are there in the police and the government?” he asked.

FPJ Political Bureau

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