Assembly Proceedings: House pays tributes to Kalam, former legislators

Condoles demise of Hajjis in Mina stampede

SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 03: Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly, which met here for the autumn session Saturday, paid rich tributes to the former President of India Late Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam and former legislators who passed away between the last budget session and current autumn session of the State legislature.

Paying rich tributes to Dr. Kalam in the Assembly, Mr. Gupta said the former president made significant contribution in missile technology and redefined the Indian Presidency by his simplicity and moral authority and was known as People’s President.

He said Dr. Kalam was also known for his immense love for children and a motivator who throughout his life continued to ignite the youth by his brilliant lectures/speeches and even breathed his last while delivering a speech.

“He will live in the hearts of every Indian as a legend and his valuable contributions as nation builder will always be remembered by the generations to come,” Mr. Gupta said.

Recalling the contribution of Late Ghulam Rasool Kar, the Speaker said the late leader has the distinction of joining the politics at the age of 12. He said Kar besides working tirelessly for overall development of the State, contributed a lot in the socio-economic development of his area in particular for raising infrastructure for schools and colleges.

Mr Gupta said Kar will always be remembered for his intellectual vision and farsightedness and a sympathizer of the poor and downtrodden sections of the society.

Paying tributes to Late Mir Ghulam Mohammad, ex-legislator, the Speaker said besides being a veteran politician, Mir was also a renowned social activist and has remarkable contribution in the development of the State for which he will be remembered by the generations to come.

The assembly also condoled the demise of more than 700 Hajjis in Mina stampede.

The members expressed solidarity and sympathy with the bereaved families and prayed for the eternal peace of the departed souls.

Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Singh, former chief minister, Mr Omar Abdullah, and legislators Mr MY Tarigami, Mr GM Saroori, Mr Hakim Mohammad Yaseen, Mr Devinder Kumar Maniyal and Advocate Bashir Ahmad Dar also paid tributes to the slain persons and threw light on their contribution towards development and politics in J&K.

Meanwhile, the House also condoled the demise of the father-in-law of Minister for R&B, Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari, brother of MoS PHE and Forests, Abdul Majid Padder, son of MLA Kupwara, Advocate Bashir Ahmad Dar and father of Secretary Legislative Assembly, Mohammad Ramzan.

Later, the members observed a two-minute silence as a mark of respect for the deceased persons.

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