Parliament adjourned for the day after demise of I K Gujral

I K Gujral

Both the Houses of Parliament were adjourned today after news came in about the demise of former Prime Minister I K Gujral.

Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde made the announcement in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha that Gujral (92) passed away in Medanta Hospital in Gurgaon at 3.31 PM after a multiple-organ failure.

After the announcement, the two Houses adjourned for the day as a mark of respect to the departed leader.

Shinde made the announcement in the Lok Sabha when Arjun Ram Meghwal (BJP) was deliberating on a private member resolution seeking an action plan to rehabilitate persons displaced from Pakistan.

Meghwal had introduced the resolution on August 17 in the House during the Monsoon session.

Shinde made the announcement in Rajya Sabha immediately after withdrawal of a private member's resolution seeking electoral reforms and transparency in political funding.

The resolution was moved by Bhupender Yadav (BJP) on which Law Minister Ashwani Kumar had just finished his reply.

President condoles Gujral's demise

President Pranab Mukherjee today condoled the demise of former Prime Minister I K Gujral.

In his brief message, the President expressed grief over Gujral's demise, Rashtrapati Bhavan spokesperson Venu Rajamony said.

92-year-old Gujral passed away today at Medicity Medanta Hospital in Gurgaon after a multi-organ failure.

Lord Paul pays rich tributes to Gujral

Lord Swraj Paul today paid glowing tributes to former Prime Minister I K Gujral, describing him as a "nice human being, a gentleman to the core and a good

friend."

The NRI industrialist recalled that when he was given peerage in 1996, he was surprised to receive a call from Gujral, then the Prime Minister, congratulating him and suggesting that he should be called "Lord Paul of Jalandhar."

"I was pleasantly surprised to receive a congratulatory call from Gujral, then Indian Prime Minister."

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