H.A. Halim, India’s longest-serving speaker, laid to rest

Kolkata, Nov 3 (IANS) The mortal remains of Hashim Abdul Halim – the country’s longest serving speaker of a state assembly – were laid to rest at a burial ground on Tuesday.

The prominent Communist Party of India-Marxist leader who served as West Bengal assembly speaker for a record 29 years from 1982 to 2011, died at a nursing home here on Monday after suffering a cardiac arrest. He was 80.

Among those who paid tributes were former Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee and ex Bengal chief minister and veteran Marxist leader and former chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee.

Accompanied by several Marxist leaders, Halim’s body was taken first to the state assembly and then to CPI-M state headquarters Muzaffar Ahmed Bhavan here for people to pay homage. His final rites were performed at Gobra burial ground in the city.

A noted lawyer, Halim was known for his mastery of parliamentary rules and procedures. A seven time legislator, he also served as the state’s law and justice minister from 1977 to 1982 during the first Left Front government.

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