THE Winter Session of Parliament began on a sombre note Monday as both Houses condoled the death of three sitting members, including former Union minister Murli Deora, before adjourning for the day.
Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan led the House in expressing condolences over the death of sitting members Hemendra Chandra Singh (BJD) and Kapil Krishna Thakur (Trinamool Congress). Rajya Sabha condoled the death of Deora with Chairman Hamid Ansari saying the country has lost a distinguished parliamentarian, an able administrator and a dedicated social worker. Deora was a four-term Lok Sabha member and three-term Rajya Sabha MP. He represented Maharashtra in the Upper House.
Singh’s wife Pratyusha Rajeshwari Singh (BJD), who won the Lok Sabha bypoll from Kandhmal, also took oath on the opening day of the session along with three other newly elected members — BJP’s Ranjanaben Bhatt from Vadodara, BJP’s Pritam Gopinath Munde from Beed and Samajwadi Party’s Tej Pratap Yadav from Mainpuri.
After the oath ceremony, Prime Minister Narendra Modi introduced his new ministers in the Lok Sabha before the House was adjourned for the day. Lok Sabha also condoled the demise of former members Amitava Nandy, M S Sanjeevi Rao, Avaidyanath, Saifuddin Choudhury, Sanjay Singh Chauhan and Brahm Dutt. Ansari also condoled the death of yoga expert B K S Iyengar, and former members Lekhraj Bachani, Jagdev Singh Talwandi and S S Rajendran.