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Rajnath to lead Indian delegation at Castro's funeral

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Home Minister will lead an eight-member Indian delegation, comprising representatives of different political parties including the Left, to attend the pre-funeral commemoration of Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro.

Deputy Speaker M Thambidurai, leader Anand Sharma, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, secretary D Raja, BJD MP Jhina Hikaka, MP Ramen Deka and MP Javed Ali Khan will also be part of the delegation.

The team will leave for Havana tomorrow and is expected to return on Thursday evening, official sources said.

After two days of commemorations in Cuba's capital Havana, Castro's ashes will go on a four-day island-wide procession starting Wednesday, before being buried in the southeastern city of Santiago de Cuba on December 4.

Castro died on November 25 at the age 90, after defying the United States during a half-century of iron-fisted rule and surviving the eclipse of global communism.

Castro, whose 1959 revolution toppled a dictatorship with the promise of bringing justice and equality to his Caribbean island, was a major 20th century figure.

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First Published: Mon, November 28 2016. 19:07 IST