Lok Sabha mourns death of Hugo Chavez



New Delhi: Lok Sabha on Monday mourned the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

Speaker Meira Kumar described Chavez as a popular and charismatic leader who strived for uplift of the underprivileged masses.

"We cherish our close relationship with Venezuela which was greatly strengthened under the leadership of President Chavez," she said.

Chavez breathed his last in Caracas on March 5 after a long battle with cancer.

Members stood in silence for a while as a mark of respect to the departed leader.

PTI