Parliament pays homage to Mahajan, Bansi Lal
New Delhi, May 10: Both Houses of Parliament were today adjourned on the first day of the post-recess Budget Session, after paying homage to Pramod Mahajan, Bansi Lal and others.
In their obituary references, Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee and Rajya Sabha Chairman Bhairon Singh Shekhawat described late BJP General Secretary Mahajan as an able Parliamentarian, an impressive orator and an effective floor manager.
As Communications Minister between 1999-2003, Mahajan was instrumental in initiating several steps for bringing the benefits of mobile telephony within the reach of the common man.
He was known for his ability to carry with him friends and opponents alike. His tenure as Parliamentary Affairs Minister will always be remembered for his competent handling of issues in the House.
Mahajan, a sitting member of the Rajya Sabha and a member of the eleventh Lok Sabha, died on May 3 at the age of 57 after struggling for 12 days from gunshot wounds inflicted by his brother at his Mumbai residence.
The two Houses also mourned the death of former Haryana Chief Minister Bansi Lal, describing him as a proactive and assertive personality.
An agriculturist and advocate by profession, Bansi Lal will be remembered as the architect of modern Haryana, who through his visionary policies put the State on the path to progress.
Representing Bhiwani Parliamentary constitutnecy, he was also Minister for Defence from 1975 to 1977, Railways from 1984 to 1985 and Transport from 1985 to 1986.
He died on March 28 at New Delhi after a brief illness at the age of 79.
Paying homage to former Union Minister A B A Ghani Khan Chowdhury in the Lower House, the Speaker described him as a highly respected political leader, actively associated with the task of rural development in West Bengal.
A sitting member, representing Malda constituency in West Bengal, Chowdhury was also a member of the seventh to thirteenth Lok Sabha from 1980 to 2004.