22 April, Bhubaneswar
The funeral procession of legendary Congress leader and former Odisha Chief Minister JB Patnaik had started this morning from his residence at Bhubaneswar.
The cortege, accompanied by thousands of supporters and party workers, began at 11 this morning. His body was first taken to Congress Bhawan at Bhubaneswar and then to Odisha Legislative Assembly premises.
His body will also be taken to his native village Rameswar in Khordha district and then to Swargadwara in Puri for the last rites.
Thousands of Congress workers, leaders and people from different parts of life had the last glimpse of their departed leader at the Congress Bhawan. In the state Assembly premises, Speaker Niranjan Pujari and many MLAs paid their last homage to JB Patnaik.
Earlier this morning, senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad paid rich tribute and offered flowers on the body of the legendary Congress leader on behalf of AICC president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi.
He also presented the condolence message of Sonia Gandhi to Jayanti Patnaik, also a senior Congress leader and wife of JB Patnaik.