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Former Speaker Balram Jakhar passes away


Former Lok Sabha Speaker and veteran Congress leader Balram Jakhar passed away on Wednesday here at the age of 92. The cremation will be held at his native village Panchkoshi in Punjab's Abohar town at 11 a.m. on Thursday, said Sunil who is a former Punjab Congress Legislative Party leader.

Balram Jakhar had suffered a brain stroke a year ago. He is survived by two sons and two daughters. Balram Jakhar served as the speaker of Lok Sabha from 1980 to 1989. He was also the Madhya Pradesh governor from June 30, 2004 to May 30, 2009. He also served as the union agriculture minister during former prime minister P.V Narasimha Rao-led Congress.

President Pranab Mukherjee, in a condolence message to the veteran's son, Sunil Jakhar, said: “I am sad to learn about the passing away of your father, Dr. Balram Jakhar, an esteemed colleague and a dear friend of long years. The nation will always remember his valuable contributions and pursuit of excellence in public life.".

“Balram Jakhar ji was a popular leader who enriched our parliamentary democracy in his long political journey. Saddened by his demise," said Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Congress president Sonia Gandhi said: “The Congress and the nation will forever remember his contributions, particularly to the cause of farming community."

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