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New Delhi, 01 September 2017: Lok Sabha Speaker, Smt. Sumitra Mahajan; Deputy Chairman, Rajya Sabha Prof. P.J. Kurien; Deputy Speaker, Lok Sabha, Dr. M. Thambi Durai; Minister of State (Independent Charge) in the Ministry of Minority Affairs & Minister of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi; Members of Parliament and former Members of Parliament paid floral tributes to the former Speaker of Lok Sabha Shri P.A. Sangma in the Central Hall of Parliament House on his birth anniversary today. The Secretaries-General of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha Shri Anoop Mishra and Shri Desh Deepak Verma, respectively and senior officers of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha Secretariats also paid floral tributes. A booklet containing the profile of Shri P. A. Sangma, brought out in Hindi and English by the Lok Sabha Secretariat, was presented to the dignitaries. Born on 1 September 1947 in village Chapahati in the West Garo Hills District of Meghalaya, Shri Sangma was a man of many parts, having been, in the course of his career, a lecturer, a lawyer and a journalist before he joined politics. On 23 May 1996, he was unanimously elected the Speaker of the Eleventh Lok Sabha winning support across all political parties. As the Speaker, Shri Sangma ensured that rules were observed by the members even in the midst of stormy debates. Parliamentary democracy, he observed, meant free debate, objective deliberations and healthy criticism and it was for the Speaker to ensure that these objectives were achieved. Besides nine terms in Lok Sabha, Shri Sangma also served in the Union Cabinet in important ministries like Home Affairs, Commerce, Industry, Labour, Information & Broadcasting and Coal. Shri Sangma passed away on 4 March 2016.



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