The cremation is expected to take place at around 2:30 pm in the premises of Vaijnath Sugar Factory.

Scores of well-wishers and supporters have gathered at Parli to have a glimpse of their beloved leader.

Leaders, including Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar and Munde's eldest daughter and legislator Pankaja, fervently appealed on the microphone to the crowds to remain calm as the people could be seen thumping their chests and heads.

The government has decided to accord a state funeral to Munde and after the formalities are completed, Pankaja will light the funeral pyre of her father.

Pankaja's action will be symbolic and send positive signals in the Marathwada region, which has been regularly in the news for incidents of female foeticide.

(JPN/Agencies)

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