Chattisgarh Assembly today paid tribute to former Vice-President Bhairon Singh Shekawat, who died in May, and the civilians killed in various Maoist attacks in the state on the first day of the monsoon session.
Tributes were also paid to late Union Minister Digvijay Singh, and former legislators, Ravishankar Tripathi, Ramkumar Aggarwal, and Jayaben.
Mentioning the leaders who died recently, Speaker Dharam Lal Kaushik said Shekhawat always advocated maintaining the pride of Parliament and being in the highest post set an example, that could be followed by others for years.
Shekhawat began important schemes like 'foodgrains for work' and 'Antyodaya' for the poor. His achievements in social and political life were extraordinary, he said.
With his death, the country has lost an able administrator and a politician and social worker who had a broad vision, he added.
Kaushik also remembered former MLAs of undivided Madhya Pradesh, Aggarwal, Jayaben, BJP leader Tripathi and said their demise was a loss for the state.
Chief Minister Raman Singh said Shekhawat was sensitive towards the poor which was reflected from the Antyodaya scheme. He always strived for the benefit of the common man, Singh added.
Remembering the jawans and civilians who lost their lives in the Naxal attacks in the State, he said the jawans sacrificed their lives to bring peace in the State. Many died various other incidents too. The House pays a tribute to all the jawans and others, he added.