Rahul Bajaj will be cremated with state honours, according to Maharashtra CM
Rahul Bajaj will be granted a state funeral, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said on Saturday as he and state governor BS Koshyari offered their condolences over the passing of the veteran industrialist , saying that his contribution in the field of industrial development of the country was unprecedented.
Thackeray said he asked Bajaj to have a state funeral.
According to a Bajaj group official, Rahul Bajaj’s last rites will take place on Sunday.
Bajaj died in a hospital in Pune on Saturday afternoon. He was 83 years old.
“The contribution of the Bajaj family to the nation’s liberation movement and its industrial and social development is very high. During his tenure as Chairman of Bajaj Group, Rahul Bajaj expanded the business empire of the group in India and abroad,” the governor said.
“Rahul Bajaj has introduced many modern management practices and made Bajaj a popular brand name. He has expressed his views very clearly on matters concerning business in the country,” Koshyari added.
Bajaj Group’s contribution to the industrial development of Maharashtra is particularly high, and the group has also been a leader in exercising its social responsibility, he said, adding that with the passing of Rahul Bajaj, the nation and especially Maharashtra had lost a visionary business leader.
The Chief Minister said the country had lost not just a great industrialist, but someone who was very conscious of his social responsibility and spoke out on the issues facing the country.
The deceased industrialist was a guide for budding entrepreneurs and also advised the state government on industrial policy issues, Thackeray said.
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