UP, Uttarakhand leaders mourn Balram Jakhar’s demise

Lucknow, Feb 3 (IANS) Political leaders from diverse parties on Wednesday mourned the death of former Lok Sabha speaker and Congress leader Balram Jakhar.

Condoling the death, Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik in a message recalled how Jakhar, as the Lok Sabha speaker, used to take along all people irrespective of their political affiliations.

Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav also recalled the services of Jakhar in “strengthening democracy”.

He recalled Jakhar’s great contribution in agriculture, horticulture and in making farmers understand and embrace modern technology in farming.

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat said the veteran leader had a towering personality and would be missed in the times to come.

Jakhar became the Lok Sabha Speaker in 1980 and served till 1989 for two terms. As the speaker, he was instrumental in automation and computerisation of the house work. He died after prolonged illness on Wednesday, aged 92.

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