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Ready for the last requiem


The CPM state headquarters on Alimuddin Street said it with flowers on Monday. Here, chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee is seen leaving Alimuddin at 1.20pm. A PWD team that turned up in the evening to set up a barricade was sent back as outsiders will not be allowed to enter when Basu’s body arrives from Peace Haven, en route to Writers’ Buildings, on Tuesday morning. (Amit Datta)





A portrait of Jyoti Basu was put up in the lobby of Assembly House on Monday. The former chief minister’s body will be kept on a platform at the entrance to the west verandah from 10am to 3pm for everyone — VIP visitors to the common man — to pay their last respects. Barricades have come up in the compound as well as on the surrounding pavements to guide the mourners. “I appeal to all to maintain decorum and disperse quickly after paying homage to Jyotibabu so that the maximum number of people get the opportunity to see their beloved leader for the last time,” Speaker Hashim Abdul Halim said on Monday. (Aranya Sen)


The Tricolour at half mast atop Writers’ Buildings to mourn Jyoti Basu’s death. The road in front of the secretariat where Basu was the boss for 23 years has been barricaded to control crowds when the body arrives on Tuesday morning for chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and chief secretary Ashok Mohan Chakrabarti to pay tribute. (Anindya Shankar Ray)



Citizens’ Park

Citizens’ Park is where Jyoti Basu’s body will be handed over to the SSKM Hospital authorities. The park opposite Rabindra Sadan was closed for the public on Monday and beautified for the occasion. Basu’s family members and hospital officials will sit under a shamiana, near the main entrance, to sign the papers for the handover. (Sanat Kr Sinha)



The anatomy department of SSKM Hospital, which will receive Jyoti Basu’s body on Tuesday, was being spruced up the day before. Employees said this was the first time since the Dr BC Roy Post Graduate Institute of Basic Medical Science, which houses the anatomy wing on the ground floor, came up in August 2004 that such an extensive clean-up drive has been undertaken. The buildings have been given a coat of paint, the floors wiped clean and the meter rooms cleared of cobwebs. Parts of the footpaths around the hospital gate on AJC Bose Road, through which Basu’s body is likely to enter, have been relaid. (Sanat Kr Sinha)

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