In a rare gesture, Rajya Sabha adjourned to show respect to Sangma

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Mar 04, 2016 14:10 IST
A general view of the Rajya Sabha. The Upper House of Parliament was adjourned till Tuesday in a show of respect to former Lok Sabha speaker PA Sangma. (PTI)

Rajya Sabha was adjourned till Tuesday in a show of respect to former Lok Sabha speaker PA Sangma, who died on Friday morning.

The decision to adjourn the House was taken by speaker Hamid Ansari after leader of the House Arun Jaitley and leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad requested him to do so.

“Since members here would like to visit his residence where his body is kept before being flown out to Meghalaya, we would request you to adjourn the House,” Jaitley said.

Before adjourning the House, Ansari sought to know if it would a one-off case since Sangma was a sitting member of Lok Sabha and not Rajya Sabha. According to rules, only that House is adjourned whose sitting member passes away.

When both Jaitley and Azad concurred that it would not a regular practice, the speaker adjourned the House.

Earlier, Lok sabha was adjourned at noon as a mark of respect to Sangma.

Sangma served as the chief minister of Meghalaya before he was elected as speaker of Lok Sabha in 1996. He also contested the presidential elections against Pranab Mukherjee and lost it by more than three lakh votes.

Sangma parted ways with Congress, of which he was a long time member, in 1999 and became founding member of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) along with Sharad Pawar and Tariq Anwar after they were expelled for disputing the right of Sonia Gandhi to lead the party.

He was also part of the Trinamool Congress for a year and later founded his own party National People’s Party in 2013.

He was a member of Parliament from Tura constituency for nine terms.


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