Parliament on Friday paid glowing tributes to former Prime Minister Chandrashekhar with both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha adjourning for the day as a mark of respect to the late leader and six other members who died recently.
Hailing Chandrashekhar as an illustrious parliamentarian, Speaker Somnath Chatterjee said his life was a saga of courage and with his death an eventful era in political history of the country had come to an end.
"In his demise, the country has lost an eminent parliamentarian, an able administrator, a statesman and a dedicated socialist who stood for secularism and a casteless society," he said making an obituary reference in the Lok Sabha.
In the Rajya Sabha, Deputy Chairman K Rehman Khan described Chandrashekhar as an agriculturalist and a socialist by conviction who did remarkable work in primary education and health services.
Both the Houses observed a two-minute silence in memory of the late leader and other sitting and former members.
Chandrashekhar died on July 8 in New Delhi at the age of 80 after a prolonged illness.