Former Lok Sabha Speaker Rabi Ray, passes away
Eminent socialist leader, former Union Minister and former Speaker of Lok Sabha Rabi Ray passed away after a prolonged illness on Monday afternoon, while undergoing treatment at the SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack. He was 91 and is survived by wife Dr. Saraswati Swain.
Hundreds of people rushed to the hospital and later to his Kalyan Nagar residence in Cuttack to pay their last respects to the departed soul. Many also joined in the procession when his body was taken to his alma maters Ravenshaw University and M.S. Law College. Family sources said the mortal remains of the popular leader shall be consigned to flames at his native village near Puri.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and State Governor S.C. Jamir, along with several other leaders across the country, expressed their deep-felt condolences on the sad demise of the socialist leader, who was loved and respected by leaders cutting across party lines.
Born on November 26, 1926 in Puri district, Rabi Ray obtained his B.A. degree from Ravenshaw College and LLB degree from the M.S. Law College in Cuttack city. His political career began from here when he became President of Students’ Union of both these famous institutions in late 1940s.