Congress stalwart Balram Jakhar passes away, leaders pay rich tribute

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File Pix : Balram Jakhar , Congress leader who passed away at 92
File Pix : Balram Jakhar , Congress leader who passed away at 92

Leaders across party lines have mourned the death of veteran Congress leader and former Lok Sabha Speaker Balram Jakhar passed away in New Delhi. He was 92. The first to condole his death was  Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The PM tweeted “Balram Jakhar ji was a popular leader who enriched our Parliamentary democracy in his long political journey. Saddened by his demise. RIP.”

Jakhar served as Speaker of Lok Sabha from 1980 to 1989 during which he contributed to the establishment of Parliament Museum. He also served as Agriculture Minister in the Cabinet of former Prime Minister Narasimha Rao.
Jakhar also served as Governor of Madhya Pradesh from June 30, 2004 to May 30, 2009.

“Be it as a legislator, parliamentarian, minister, speaker or governor, Dr. Jakhar forever remained at the forefront in taking up issues concerning agriculture and farmers and his role in modernising the parliament secretariat was pioneering,” said Sonia Gandhi, Congress president .

Congress  vice-president Rahul Gandhi too paid his rich tributes : “”Extremely saddened by the passing away of veteran Congress leader Dr Balram Jakharji.In his passing, the Congress Party has lost a stalwart. His immense contribution to the nation in his long political career as parliamentarian,union minister & governor will always be remembered,” he said in a series of tweets.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said, “The demise of former Governor of Madhya Pradesh and senior leader Dr. Balram Jakhar is an irreparable loss. We have lost a messiah for farmers and a true statesman. Dr. Jakhar, in his long public career has always fulfilled the highest values of democracy. His tenure as governor will be unforgettable,” he wrote in a series of tweets.