Press Esc to close
Saturday 31 January 2015
News updated at 3:28 PM IST
Weather
Max: 28°C
Min : 17°C
In Bengaluru
Sunny day

Parliament mourns I K Gujral's death, both Houses adjourned

New Delhi, Dec 3, 2012 (PTI)

Parliament was adjourned for the day today after paying tributes to former Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral, who breathed his last on Friday at the age of 92.

Both Houses of Parliament also offered tributes to the victims of Bhopal gas tragedy on its 28th anniversary.

In the Lok Sabha, Speaker Meira Kumar hailed Gujral as a "distinguished parliamentarian" and an "illustrious leader" who became the Prime Minister in 1997.

"We deeply mourn the loss of our friend and I am sure the House would join me in conveying our condolences to the bereaved family," she said.

In Rajya Sabha, Chairman Hamid Ansari said in Gujral's death "the country has lost a veteran freedom fighter, a great statesman, an able administrator, an erudite scholar and a distinguished parliamentarian".

Both the Houses observed silence as a mark of respect to the memory of the departed before being adjourned for the day.

Born in family of freedom fighters, Gujral participated in the freedom struggle and was imprisoned during the Quit India movement, Ansari said in his obituary reference.

A widely traveled person, he served as India's ambassador to the USSR from 1976 to 1980.

A man of letters, Gujral authored two books 'A Foreign Policy for India' and 'Mazameen-e-Gujral'. He also wrote columns in various newspapers and periodicals in India and abroad.

Gujral represented the Delhi, Rajasthan and Bihar in the Upper House for three terms -- April 1964 to April 1970, April 1970 to April 1976, and July 1992 to March 1998.

He was also the Leader of the House from June 1996 to November 1996 and then again from April 1997 to March 1998.

Gujral served as Union minister in the ministries of Parliamentary Affairs, Information and Broadcasting and Communications, Works, Housing and Urban Development and Planning from 1967 to 1976. He served as Minister of External Affairs from 1989 to 1990 and again from 1996 to 1997 and as the Minister of Water Resources in 1996.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
A visitor takes a 'selfie' in front of an exhibit titled 'Circle Uncircled' by artist Rahul Kumar...

A visitor takes a 'selfie' in front of an exhibit titled 'Circle Uncircled' by artist Rahul Kumar...

A tightrope walker is silhouetted against the setting sun as she holds a balancing pole...

A tightrope walker is silhouetted against the setting sun as she holds a balancing pole...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paying homage to Mahatma Gandhi on the occasion of his death...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paying homage to Mahatma Gandhi on the occasion of his death...

President Pranab Mukherjee paying tributes to father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi...

President Pranab Mukherjee paying tributes to father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi...

Lawyers stop a train at Moradabad Railway Station on Friday during a protest demanding...

Lawyers stop a train at Moradabad Railway Station on Friday during a protest demanding...

An elderly woman and a boy stand outside their house with walls damaged in alleged firing from...

An elderly woman and a boy stand outside their house with walls damaged in alleged firing from...

New recruits of the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) take oath during a graduation ceremony...

New recruits of the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) take oath during a graduation ceremony...

A groom leads his horse in the equine pool after working out on the track, during early morning...

A groom leads his horse in the equine pool after working out on the track, during early morning...

A handler bathes a horse after a training session ahead of the Indian Derby in Mumbai...

A handler bathes a horse after a training session ahead of the Indian Derby in Mumbai...

Ladakhi women offering prayers during the inauguration of traditional Buddhist prayer...

Ladakhi women offering prayers during the inauguration of traditional Buddhist prayer...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523