New Delhi, Feb 3 – Former Loksabha speaker and leader of Congress party Balram Jakhar has passes away at the age of 92 years old on Wednesday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi twitted that, “Balram Jakhar ji was a popular leader who enriched our Parliamentary democracy in his long political journey.
Saddened by his demise. RIP.”
While, Congress Vice President said that, “Extremely saddened by the passing away of veteran Congress leader Dr Balram Jakharji.In his passing Congress Party has lost a stalwart.
His immense contribution to the nation in his long political career as Parliamentarian,Union Minister&Governor will always be remembered.”
According to the Information available with LS, Dr. Bal Ram Jakhar has the distinction of beginning his career in the Parliament by occupying the office of the Speaker immediately after his election to the Seventh Lok Sabha for the first time. He also has the rare honour of having been chosen unanimously to preside over two successive Lok Sabha for their full terms.
A farmer-turned politician, Jakhar lived fully upto the challenges of the august office and conducted the business of the House with utmost dignity, decorum and objectivity. He relinquished the office of the Speaker in 1989, only to continue to play an active role in the Party he belongs to and through it in the country’s socio-political life.
Bal Ram Jakhar was born on 23 August 1923 at Panjkosi village in the Ferozepur district of the State of Punjab. He had a brilliant academic career. He graduated in 1945 from the Forman Christian College, Lahore with Honours in Sanskrit.
He is virtually a linguist, being well-versed in English, Sanskrit, Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi. Jakhar is essentially an agriculturist, more particularly an orchardist. After graduation, he adopted the family profession of farming and made use of modem techniques for the development of orchards and vineyards in his farmlands. Through years of hardwork, he succeeded in converting age-old and barren lands into green meadows and flourishing orchards and vineyards, raising the yields manifold.