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Former LS Speaker, ex-Maha CM Manohar Joshi ‘Sir’ passes away (Ld)

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Mumbai, Feb 23 (IANS) Former Lok Sabha Speaker and ex-Maharashtra Chief Minister Manohar G. Joshi, a senior Shiv Sena (UBT) leader, passed away following a heart attack early on Friday morning.“Our family is deeply saddened to inform you that Manohar Joshi passed away today morning at 3 a.m. following prolonged age related health issues,” his family said in a terse announcement at dawn.Joshi, 86, was rushed to the Hinduja Hospital in Mahim after suffering a heart attack late on Thursday.‘Sir’, as he was popular in political circles because of his teaching background and a stern demeanour, succumbed during treatment around 3 a.m., plunging the state political fraternity into gloom.His family said that Joshi’s mortal remains will be kept at their home in Matunga to enable people to pay their last respects from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., and then taken in a procession for the funeral at Dadar Crematorium around 3 p.m.One of the closest confidantes of the late Shiv Sena founder Balasaheb Thackeray, Joshi had over six decades in

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