As the winter session of Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly began on Monday, the House paid rich tributes to former legislative members of undivided Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. The House paid tributes to former MLA of Chhattisgarh Assembly Hirasingh Markam who passed away on October 28, 2020, former MLA of erstwhile Madhya Pradesh Puran Lal Jangde who breathed his last on November 11, 2020, former legislative member of Chhattisgarh Assembly Lal Mahendra Singh Tekam who passed away on December 11, 2020 and Chhattisgarh Assembly’s former MLA Ghanaram Sahu who breathed his last on December 19, 2020.
The Deputy Speaker of the Chhattisgarh Assembly, Manoj Singh Mandavi, in his message said that Markam worked for the betterment of people in distress as an elected public representative. The Deputy Speaker also remembered Puran Lal Jangde. Remembering Lal Mahendra Singh Tekam, the Deputy Speaker said that Tekam was polite by nature. He described Tekam as a tribal leader. He said that Ghanaram Sahu started his career in teaching as a principal and later joined politics. He was elected at the age of just 25, said the Deputy Speaker.
Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel said that he was fortunate to share space with all these leaders who fought for the cause of tribal and now they are not among us. The Chief Minister described the loss as irreparable for the state.
The Leader of Opposition, Dharamlal Kaushik, remembered the former leaders as strong and determined. Markam emerged as most powerful leader in the politics within short span of time. Kaushik described Jangde as social and political worker who always worked for the development of the society. Tekam was a king in true sense, said Kaushik while remembering the former MLA in the House. Ghanaram Sahu fought election as independent candidate and got elected which shows his popularity, said Kaushik.
Janta Congress Chhattisgarh (JCC)-J MLA Dharamjeet Singh said that he was blessed to have company of three former MLAs except Puranlal. He said that Puranlal fought for ‘Jal, Jungle, Jameen’. He described Tekam as energetic leader of his time. Dhanaram Sahu was a simple and polite person.
Other leaders who paid tributes to the departed soul of the former MLAs are former Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh, Congress MLA and CPCC president Mohan Markam, BSP MLA Keshav Chandra, Congress MLA and Food and Civil Supplies Minister Amarjeet Bhagat and Congress MLA Dhanendra Sahu. The house also observed two minutes silence in the memory of the former MLAs.