Former Lok Sabha Speaker Balram Jakhar passed away

Feb 3, 2016 16:17 IST

Former Lok Sabha Speaker Balram Jakhar passed away on 3 February 2016 in New Delhi. He was 92.

Jakhar was elected as the Lok Sabha Speaker for two consecutive terms from 1980 to 1989. He was elected to the Lok Sabha four times and also served as the Union Agriculture Minister in 1991 in P. V. Narasimha Rao Ministry.

He was elected to the Punjab Legislative Assembly in 1972 and was re-elected in 1977. He served as Minister in the state and also the Leader of Opposition.

Jakhar also served as the Governor of Madhya Pradesh from 2004 to 2009.

He was the first Asian to be elected as Chairman of Commonwealth Parliamentarian Executive Forum.

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