Parl adjourned after homage to Gujral

Last Updated: Mon, Dec 03, 2012 10:20 hrs

Bot Houses of the Parliament were adjourned for the day on Monday after paying homage to former Prime Minister of India Inder Kumar Gujral who passed away on Friday.

Marking the 28th anniversary of the Bhopal gas tragedy, both Houses also paid tributes to the victims of the 1984 gas leak disaster at Bhopal city in Madhya Pradesh.

Speaking about Gujral, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar said: "We deeply mourn the loss of our friend and I am sure the House would join me in conveying our condolences to the bereaved family."

Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari remembered the former Prime Minister and said: "The country has lost a veteran freedom fighter, a great statesman, an able administrator, an erudite scholar and a distinguished Parliamentarian."

Both Houses of the Parliament observed silence before they were adjourned for the day.

Gujral, whose policy of pacifism with neighbours continues to influence the Asian giant´s foreign policy architecture, passed away after a multi-organ failure at Medanta Medicity hospital in Gurgaon on Friday. He was 93.

Gujral, who was admitted to the hospital on November 19 with a lung infection, died at around 3:30pm.

He was unwell for quite some time and was on ventilator support.

Gujral was cremated with full state honours in New Delhi on Saturday.

On Friday, the Union government declared seven days of state mourning across the country as a mark of respect to the late leader.

The state mourning will be observed from Nov 30 to Dec 6, both days inclusive.

More from Sify: