MR. SPEAKER: Hon. Members,
I have to inform the House of the sad demise of two of our former colleagues, namely, Shri Dattatraya Parashuram Karmarkar and Shri Jagannathrao Joshi.
Shri Dattatraya Parashuram Karmarker was a Member of First Lok Sabha during 1952--57 representing the Dharwar-North constituency of erstwhile State of Bombay. Earlier, he was a Member of Central Legislative Assembly and Provisional Parliament, Later he became Member of Rajya Sabha (1962--68).
He was a renowned parliamentarian and an able administrator. As a Union Minister he held with distinction various important portfolios.
He led the no-tax campaign in Ankola Taluka during 1930--32. He took keen interest in the field of historical research and was associated with various research societies in different capacities.
A widely travelled person, he represented the country at several international conferences on trade and employment. He was a leader of Indian delegation to the ECAFE Conferences held at Lahore and Rangoon in 1951 and 1952 respectively.
Shri Karmarkar was a man of letters and had many works to his credit, such as "History of Congress" (in Kannada), "A Primer to Constitutional History". He also edited the "Vijaynagar Commemoration Volume".
He passed away on 20 June, 1991 at the ripe age of 89.
Shri Jagannathrao Joshi served the Lok Sabha continuously for two terms during 1967--77 representing Bhopal and Shajapur constituencies of Madhya Pradesh, respectively. Later he became a Member of Rajya Sabha during 1978--84.
A renowned social and political worker, he devoted his entire life for the political awakening among the masses and actively participated for liberation of Goa from the foreign domination.
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He was an erudite orator. His forceful and effective participation in parliamentary proceedings left an indelible imprint and placed him in the rank of eminent parliamentarian about whom this House and the people of this country will always feel proud of and remember him with gratitude.
Shri Joshi passed away on 15 July, 1991 at the age of 71.
We deeply mourn the loss of these friends and I am sure the House will join me in conveying our condolences to the bereaved families.
The House may now stand in silence for a short while as a mark of respect to the deceased.
The Members then stood in silence for a short while
SHRI PIUS TIRKEY: Sir, it appears that the ruling Congress Party has boycotted the proceedings of the House today as only a few Ministers are sitting here.