UNION Home Minister Rajnath Singh will lead the Indian delegation to attend the pre-funeral commemoration of Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro in Havana. The eight-member delegation will have representation from different political parties.
Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker M Thambidurai, Congress leader Anand Sharma, CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury, CPI secretary D Raja, BJD MP Jhina Hikaka, BJP MP Ramen Deka and Samajwadi Party MP Javed Ali Khan will be part of the delegation. The team will leave for Havana on Wednesday and is expected to return on Thursday evening, sources said.
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After two days of commemoration 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. He was 90. 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.