Hailed as one of the tallest leaders of Indian Politics, former Lok Sabha speaker and Veteran Congress leader Dr. Balram Jakhar passed away on 03rd February 2016 at the age of 92. A well-known parliamentarian he relentlessly worked for the welfare of the people and did all to strengthen the parliamentary democracy in the country.
Born on 23 August 1923 to Chaudhari Rajaram Jakhar and Patodevi, Jakhar hailed from Punjab. He did degree in Sanskrit from Forman Christian College, Lahore, in 1945. Jakhar was well versed in English, Punjabi, Urdu, Sanskrit and Hindi languages. An active citizen he made way into the world of politics in 70's creating niche for himself through his able leadership.
A widely travelled person, Jakhar stint with mainstream politics began in 1972 when he was elected to the Punjab Legislative Assembly. Re-elected in 1977 he occupied several important portfolio. He was Leader of Opposition in the Assembly between 1977 and 1979. He made his presence felt in national politics by getting elected to Lok Sabha from Ferozepur in 1980. Since then there was no stopping. He successfully contested and was re-elected to the eighth Lok Sabha from Sikar in 1984. A four-time MP in Lok Sabha again elected in 1991 and 1998. During his long and illustrious career, he headed Business Advisory Committee, Rules Committee; General Purposes Committee; and Standing Committee of the Conference of Presiding Officers of Legislative Bodies in India.
His role as Speaker of Lok Sabha from 1980 to 1989 saw the establishment of Parliament Museum. He was first Asian to be elected as Chairman of Commonwealth Parliamentarian Executive Forum. He made significant contribution aimed at accelerating the agricultural and rural development 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. True Gandhian to the hilt he led a quiet and simple life. He also served as General Secretary of All India Congress Committee and was member of Congress Working Committee.
Illness and Death
The Veteran leader died of age-old related complications on 03rd February 2016 at the age of 92. He is survived by his son, Sajjan Kumar Jakhar and Sunil Jakhar. People from across political and social circle recalled his contribution and expressed grief over the demise. Congress President, Smt. Sonia Gandhi recalled his contribution in the nation building and described him as a loyal soldier of the party.
Narendra Modi: Balram Jakhar ji was a popular leader who enriched our Parliamentary democracy in his long political journey. Saddened by his demise. RIP.
Krishna Pachegonker: RIP Balram Jakhar, first leader from rural, agriculture background to grace LS speaker post so diligently with decorum!
Bhaiyyu Maharaj: Condole death of former #Loksabha speaker #BalramJakhar. May God rest him in peace and give strength to his family to bear the tragedy.
Dr. U S Awasthi: #IFFCO is saddened by sad demise of great human,leader & parliamentarian Shri #BalramJakharJi. May God Rest his Soul in Peace.
Oommen Chandy: Homages to veteran Congress leader and former LokSabha Speaker Shri #BalramJakhar
Children: Sajjan Kumar Jakhar and Sunil Jakhar
(FOLLOWER OF Dr. BALRAM JAKHAR)
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