Parliament Mourns Arjun Singh's Death

New Delhi
Parliament Mourns Arjun Singh's Death
Parliament today paid glowing tributes to veteran Congress leader Arjun Singh with the Rajya Sabha, of which he was a sitting member, adjourning for the day after the obituary reference.

Soon after paying tributes to Singh, who died on March 4 at the age of 81, Chairman Hamid Ansari adjourned the Upper House for the day as a mark of respect to the departed soul.

Leader of the House and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was also present.

Paying rich tributes to Congress leader, Speaker Meira Kumar said in the Lok Sabha that the country has lost "an accomplished parliamentarian, able administrator and a distinguished leader."

The veteran Congress leader had represented the Lower House from 1985 to 1988 and from 1991 to 1996 from South Delhi and Satna constituency in Madhya Pradesh respectively.

He was a member of the Rajya Sabha from April 2000 to April 2006, was renominated in 2006. He remained a member of the Upper House till his demise.

Describing Singh as an "astute administrator", Kumar said Singh served as Union Minister of Commerce, Communication and Human Resource Development between 1985 and 2009.

In the Upper House, Chairman Hamid Ansari said, "A lawyer by profession, Singh had an illustrious political career, spanning more than five decades. He took keen interest in social work and had been closely associated with various social organisations."

Singh was a member of Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly from 1957 to 1985 and again from 1988 to 1991 and held the office of Chief Minister of the state from 1980 to 1985 and from 1988 to 1989. He was the Leader of Opposition there from 1977 to 1980.

Ansari said that Madhya Pradesh under Singh's leadership became the first state to give lease-hold rights upon plots and land to urban slum dwellers.

Singh also served as Punjab Governor from March to November 1985 and paved way for Rajiv Gandhi-Sant Longowal pact known as Punjab accord.

Singh also served as Chairman of the Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on HRD from 2002 to 2004.

He led several important delegations to international conferences including the Indian delegation that attended the General Conference of the UNESCO in 1991, a session of the International Bureau of Education in 1992 and again the General Conference of UNESCO in 2006, Ansari said.
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