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SHRI RAMAKANT D. KHALAP (PANAJI): Hon. Speaker, Sir, I join you and the worthy Members of this House in offering condolences upon the death of Dr. Neelam Sanjiva Reddy and other colleagues of this House on behalf of my party, the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, and on behalf of the people of Goa.

Mr. Speaker, Sir, I am a novice in this House. I had no occasion to know Dr. Neelam Sanjiva Reddy from close quarters. But ever since I began my political career almost two decades ago, I had watched Dr. Neelam Sanjiva Reddy. I had occasions to meet him whenever he visited Goa in his capacity as the Congress President and in his capacity as the President of India.

Sir, Dr. Neelam Sanjiva Reddy will be remembered for his various deeds, various achievements and in times to come, perhaps, this country may raise various memorials in the form of statues or perhaps some institutions.

I wish to draw your attention to a small memorial which exists down in Goa. Way back, when he was the President of this country, he visited Goa and laid the corner-stone of a bridge which connects Goa with Maharashtra, the neighbouring State. I am very sorry to state in this House that years have gone by; great leaders have occupied various positions in this country; Indiraji came and went; Rajivji came and went; we had also illustrious Prime Ministers like Shri Narasimha Raoji and very recently we had Shri Vajpayeeji and now, of course, Shri Deve Gowdaji. I am sorry to state that that bridge, the work of which was started when Dr. Neelam Sanjiva Reddy was the President of this country, still remains unfinished. It is my humble request to this House and particularly to the present Government that we cannot leave unfinished a work which was started by eminent personality like Dr. Neelam Sanjiva Reddy. Something earnest should immediately be done. It is a bridge which spans a small river and the length could be not more than 500 metres. I think, one year's dedicated work will be enough to complete that bridge and it can carry the name of Dr. Neelam Sanjiva Reddy. We, the people of Goa, are grateful to Dr. Neelam Sanjiva Reddy not only for having started the work of that bridge but also for an irrigation project which he had started. That project has been completed but the bridge has not yet been completed.

I also join the House in extending my condolences to the bereaved families of these departed Members of this House.

(ends)

MR. SPEAKER: 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.)

MR. SPEAKER : The House stands adjourned to meet again tomorrow, the 11th June, 1996 at 11 a.m.

1215 hours

The Lok Sabha then adjourned till Eleven of the Clock on

Tuesday, June 11, 1996/Jyaistha 21, 1918 (Saka).