MR. SPEAKER: Hon. Members, I have to inform the House with profound sorrow, of
the passing away of one of our colleagues Shri Chhotey Lal and eight of our
former colleagues namely, Shrimati Sumati Oraon, Shri Maharaj Singh Bharti,
Sardar Surjit Singh Majithia and Sarvashri Madan Pandey, S.N. Misra, Kumbha
Ram Arya, P.V.G. Raju and Shri Shankar Dayal Singh.
Shri Chhotey Loal was a sitting Member of Lok Sabha representing
Mohanlalganj Parliamentary Constituency of Uttar Pradesh. Earlier, he had been
a Member of Fifth Lok Sabha representing Chail Parliamentary Constituency of
Shri Chhotey Lal initially joined Government service but left it in
1971 to take active part in social and political activities.
He took keen interest in the welfare of downtrodden and landless
labourers. He was a Member of Depressed Classes League and Ravidas Mahasabha,
Shri Chhotey Lal passed away on 15 November, 1995 at New Delhi at the
age of 69 years.
Shrimati Sumati Oraon was a Member of Seventh and Eighth Lok Sabha
representing Lohardaga Parliamentary Constituency of Bihar during 1982-84 and
1984-89. She served as Deputy Minister for Welfare and also as Minister of
State for Environment and Forests in the Union Council of Ministers.
An active social worker, she was the President of `Akhil Bhartiya
Adivasi Vikas Parishad (Mahila Cell)' and a member of All India Quami Ekta
Committee. She took keen interest in the upliftment of Adivasis and weaker
sections of the society. She also served on the Committee on the Welfare of
Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes during 1985-86. She was Editor of
"Samanadhikar', a monthly magazine.
Shrimati Oraon passed away on 13 September, 1995 at New Delhi at the
age of 60 years.
Shri Maharaj Singh Bharti was a Member of Fourth Lok Sabha
representing Meerut Parliamentary Constituency of Uttar Pradesh during
Earlier, he had been a Member of Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council
during 1958-64 and also served as Minister of Finance in the State Council of
A well-known political worker, Shri Bharti was imprisoned several
times for his political activities during freedom struggle.
An agriculturist by profession, Shri Bharti took keen interest in the
welfare of farmers. He was President of All India Hind Kisan Panchayat. He
relentlessly worked for eradication of casteism and other social evils. He
contributed many articles in Hindi, English and some vernacular magazines.
Shri Maharaj Singh Bharti passed away on 14 September, 1995 at
Arnawati, near Meerut, Uttar Pradesh at the age of 77 years.
Sardar Surjit Singh Majithia was a Member of the First, Second and
Third Lok Sabha during 1952-67 representing Taran Taran Constituency of
Punjab. Earlier, he was a Member of the Central Legislative Assembly during
An agriculturist and businessman by profession, Shri Majithia was a
dedicated social and political worker and was actively involved in many
spheres of public life.
Shri Majithia was closely associated with many educational
institutions. He was the President of Khalsa College, Amritsar and life member
of Sant Attar Singh Educational Trust.
During his parliamentary career of more than a decade, he made
valuable contributions in the proceedings of the House. He served as Deputy
Defence Minister in the Union Council of Ministers during 1952-62. He also
served as Indian Ambassador to Nepal during 1947-49.
Shri Majithia passed away on 27 September, 1995 at the age of 83 years
in New Delhi. Shri Madan Pandey was a member of Eighth Lok Sabha representing
Gorakhpur parliamentary constituency of Uttar Pradesh during 1984-89.
Earlier, he had been a member of Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly
A veteran freedom fighter, Shri Pandey actively participated in the
freedom struggle and suffered imprisonment in 1941-42.
An agriculturist by profession, Shri Pandey was a prominent social
worker and a trade unionist and was imprisoned several times for his trade
union activities. He was associated with various trade union organisations of
Uttar Pradesh, in different capacities. He also contributed many articles to
Shri Madan Pandey passed away on 10th October, 1995 at the age of 78
Shri S.N. Misra was a member of Fourth and Fifth Lok Sabha during
1968-77 representing Kannauj constituency of Uttar Pradesh.
He was greatly influenced by National Movement and at the call of
Father of Nation, joined it and actively participated in the `Quit India
Movement' in 1942.
A prominent social and political worker, he left a mark in various
fields. He was associated with several organisations in various capacities.
A man of varied interests, he chose the legal profession and started
practice at Moradabad at the young age of 22 years. His legal acumen and skill
came to be highly acclaimed. As a member of the U.P. Bar Council and member of
Governing Body of the High Court Bar Association for about two decades, Shri
S.N. Misra rendered yeoman service to the legal profession.
A staunch believer of Gandhian way of life, he worked on and authored
a publication entitled `Four Fundamental Principles -- Prayer, Purity, Peace
and Production of Mahatma Gandhi', and also authored several other books.
Shri S.N. Misra passed away on 25th October, 1995 at the age of 84
Shri Kumbha Ram Arya was a member of Seventh Lok Sabha during 1980-84
representing Sikar Parliamentary constituency of Rajasthan. Earlier, he was a
member of Rajya Sabha during 1960-64 and 1969-74.
He had been a member of Rajasthan Legislative Assembly during 1952-57
and 1964-66 and also served as a Minister in the State Council of Ministers
and held various portfolios.
An agriculturist by profession, Shri Arya was an active social and
political worker. During his long public life, he was actively involved in
social, educational and agrarian activities in his home State. A prominent
Kisan Leader, he worked hard for creating consciousness among the workers and
peasants and authored the book titled Kisan Union Kyon. He was closely
associated with various organisations working for establishment of Panchayat
Raj and was founder of Rajasthan Panchayat Raj Sangh.
Shri Kumbha Ram Arya passed away on 26th October, 1995 at the age of
Shri P.V.G. Raju was a member of Second, Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Lok
Sabha representing Visakhapatnam and Bobbili Parliamentary constituencies of
Andhra Pradesh during 1957-60, 1971-77 and 1977-84 respectively.
Earlier, he had been a member of Madras and Andhra Pradesh Legislative
Assemblies during 1952-56 and 1956-57 respectively. He again became a member
of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly during the period between 1960-71 and
served as a Minister in the State Council of Ministers and held various
An agriculturist by profession, Shri Raju was an active social and
political worker and was a close associate of Shri Jayaprakash Narayan.
He served as President of Maharaja Alak Narayan Society of Arts and
Science, Vizianagaram, Andhra Pradesh. He had special interest in the field of
philosophy, economics and sports.
Shri P.V.G. Raju passed away on 14th November, 1995 at Visakhapatnam
at the age of 71 years.
Shri Shankar Dayal
Singh was a Member of Fifth Lok Sabha representing
Chatra Parliamentary Constituency of Bihar during 1971-77.
He was a sitting Member of Rajya Sabha.
An agriculturist and journalist by profession, Shri Singh was an
untiring writer and distinguished parliamentarian. He served as a Member on
various Parliamentary Committees.
A widely travelled person, he made valuable contribution in the fields
of literature, education, culture, social work and labour welfare. A man of
letters, Shri Singh, besides authoring thirty books in Hindi, also remained
editor of `Mukta Kanth' for 16 years. For his contributions to Hindi
Literature, he was awarded `Bihar Ratna' in 1990.
Shri Shankar Dayal Singh passed away due to heart attack during train
journey from Patna to Tundla on 26th November, 1995 at the age of 58 years.
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 PRIME MINISTER (SHRI P.V. NARASIMHA RAO): Mr. Speaker, Sir, it is with a
heavy heart that I rise to pay my respectful homage to Shri Chhotey Lal, a
sitting Member of this House. Shri Lal was deeply committed to the cause of
the welfare of the downtrodden and was also a Member of the Depressed Classes
League and Ravidas Mahasabha, Allahabad. He started his career in the
Government but soon involved himself in social service. We will all miss him
in this House .
I am also grieved to note that Shrimati Sumati Oraon is no longer with
us. She was the wife of the outstanding tribal leader the Late Shri Kartik
Oraon. She was a champion of the Scheduled Tribes and other weaker sections of
the society. She took a keen interest in the issues of the tribal welfare.
Shri Maharaj Singh Bharti, was a freedom fighter and a kisan leader.
Sardar Surjit Singh Majithia had a distinguished career as a
parliamentarian and a diplomat. He was a keen sportsman and he supported
several educational institutions and orphanages.
Shri Madan Pandey, Member of the Eighth Lok Sabha, suffered
imprisonment during the Quit India Movement and was active in the field of
agriculture and trade union activities.
Shri S.N.Misra was a freedom fighter and an eminent advocate. He was
deeply committed to the Gandhian philosophy and took deep interest in sports
and social affairs.
I would also like to place on record my profound grief at the passing
away of Shri Kumbha Ram Arya, who was a veteran leader and committed to the
cause of the kisans. He was a votary of Panchayati Raj and served the people
of Rajasthan and the country in several capacities.
I offer my condolences on the passing away of Shri Pusapati Vijayarama
Gajapathi Raju, the former Raja of Vizianagaram. He was very active in social
and public life and had a long and distinguished career as a legislator,
Minister and parliamentarian. On a personal note, Sir, I would like to add
that he was my Cabinet colleague in Andhra Pradesh for several years. As
Education Minister, he acquitted himself admirably. In fact, I succeeded him
as Education Minister in Andhra Pradesh.
I also express my deep sense of loss and pay my condolences at the
passing away of Shri Shankar Dayal Singh, a distinguished parliamentarian and
noted author and lover of Hindi. He had been a former Member of this House and
presently a sitting Member of the other House. Again, on a personal note, Sir,
I would like to say that we were members of the Congress Working Committee
before 1980 and we found Shri Shankar Dayal Singh as one of the most
thorough-going members of the Working Committee.
He would not come to the Working Committee without reading every word of the
agenda. That was not the case with other Members. So, all of us always
to him to start the discussion on any point because he was absolutely thorough
with the papers and he was quite fearless in expressing his views. And he was
also ready to listen to the views of others. On the whole, he is one of the
remarkable persons I have come across. His loss will be felt by all of us, and
a large number of his friends and admirers. I wish to place on record the deep
sense of personal loss and grief felt by the nation and by all of us on the
death of these illustrious Members. May their souls rest in peace!
I would also like to place on record the heart-felt grief of not only
Members of this House but many many outsiders at the dastardly assassination
of the Prime Minister Mr. Yitzhak Rabin of Israel. May his soul rest in peace!
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