President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday condoled the passing away of Dr. Balram Jakhar.In a message to his son, Sunil Jakhar, the President 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.Dr. Jakhar was a veteran Parliamentarian, having been Member of Lok Sabha for four terms (1980 to 1999) and Member of the Punjab Legislative Assembly (1972 to 1979). He was also a distinguished administrator who served the nation in various capacities.”<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Dr. Jakhar worked with distinction as Union Minister of Agriculture from 1991 to 1996, Speaker of the Lok Sabha from 1980 to 1989 and Governor of Madhya Pradesh from 2004 to 2009. He was one of the founders of the Bharat Krishak Samaj and as its life President made immense contribution to farmers and agriculture.As Speaker of the Lok Sabha, Dr. Jakhar was instrumental in automation and computerisation of Parliamentary records and establishment of the Parliament Museum.”The nation will always remember his valuable contributions and pursuit of excellence in public life. Please accept my heartfelt condolences and convey them to the members of your family. I pray to the Almighty to give you and your family the strength and courage to bear this irreparable loss,” the President said. PM Narendra Modi took to Twitter to express his condolences:Congress President Sonia Gandhi paid homage to the veteran Congress leader, “Be it as a legislator, parliamentarian, minister, speaker or governor, Dr. Jakhar forever remained at the forefront in taking up issues concerning agriculture and farmers and his role in modernising the parliament secretariat was pioneering.”Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi tweeted:West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee too expressed grief at the death of Balram Jakhar.”Saddened at the passing of Balram Jakharji. In my first term as Member of Parliament, as the Speaker of Lok Sabha, he was always very encouraging,” Banerjee said in a statement.In his condolence message, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar described Jakhar as a prominent leader, an efficient administrator and a social worker. His death will impact not only politics but also the social arena, a statement from the Chief Minister’s Office here said. Kumar prayed for the family of the veteran leader.
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