New Delhi: The Lok Sabha on Tuesday paid rich tributes to six former members, including former West Bengal Chief Minister Siddhartha Shankar Ray, who died during the intersession period.
Ray, a member of the fifth Lok Sabha from Raiganj in West Bengal, served as Chief Minister of the state from 1972 to 1977. He was also the Governor of Punjab from 1986 to 89 and was posted as India`s Ambassador to the US from 1992 to 96.
A leading lawyer and a sports enthusiast, Ray passed away on November 6 at the age of 90.
Besides Ray, the House paid tributes to NK Somani, Ganga Bhakt Singh, Lalji Bhai, Shankarrao Mane and Onkar Lal.
Somani, who was a member of the fourth Lok Sabha from Nagaur in Rajasthan, breathed his last in Mumbai on August 1 at the age of 78.
Singh, a member of the sixth Lok Sabha from Shahabad in Uttar Pradesh, died at Lucknow on August 15 aged 88.
Lalji Bhai was two-time member from Udaipur and Salumber constituencies of Rajasthan in the fifth and the sixth Lok Sabha. He died on September 5 at Udaipur aged 66.
Mane, a member of the fourth Lok Sabha from Kolhapur in Maharashtra breathed his last on October 8 at the age of 90.
Lal represented Kota in the second Lok Sabha and breathed his last on October 10 at the age of 68.
The members also expressed condolences to the government and the people of Indonesia for the loss of life and damage of property due to tsunami in the Mentawai islands off Sumatra and the eruption of Mount Merapi volcano in Java.
The House also expressed grief over the death of 34 people in a train accident at Badarwas station in Shivpuri district of Madhya Pradesh, and the loss of life and property when cyclone `Jal` struck Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu claiming 30 lives and leaving scores homeless.
The members observed silence for a while as a mark of respect to the memory of the departed.