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Houses adjourn after obituary references

india Updated: Nov 15, 2007 13:04 IST

Both Houses of Parliament were adjourned on Thursday for the day without transacting any business as a mark of respect to two sitting and six former members who died recently.

The sitting members who died during the inter-session period are Vijay Kumar Khandelwal, BJP, representing the Betul constituency in the Lok Sabha, and former BJP President Jana Krishnamurthy who was elected to the Rajya Sabha from Gujarat.

Today was the opening day of the brief Winter Session of Parliament which will conclude on December seven.

In the Lok Sabha, Speaker Somnath Chatterjee paid obituary references to Khandelwal, Manjay Lal, Yashwant Borole, Lala Ram Ken and LM Singhvi while Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari did the same for Krishnamurthy, J P Mathur, S R Bommai and Singhvi.

Krishnamurthy, who served as Union Law and Justice Minister in the previous NDA government, would be remembered as an able parliamentarian, a noted lawyer and a distinguished social worker, Ansari said.

The 80-year-old founder member of the BJP, who was ailing for sometime, breathed his last on September 25 in Chennai.

The Speaker said Khandelwal, 71, who died on November 13 after a brief illness, played a pro-active role in the campaign for protection of environment and for better health facilities for tribals in Madhya Pradesh.