New Delhi, 7 October 2019: Lok Sabha Speaker Shri Om Birla; Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Culture and Tourism Shri Prahalad Singh Patel; former Deputy Prime Minister Shri L. K. Advani ; Members of Parliament and former Members of Parliament paid floral tributes at the portrait of the former Speaker of Lok Sabha, Shri Bali Ram Bhagat in the Central Hall of Parliament House on his Birth Anniversary today
The Secretaries-General of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha Smt. Snehlata Shrivastava and Shri Desh Deepak Verma respectively also paid floral tributes.
A booklet containing the profile of Shri Bali Ram Bhagat, brought out in Hindi and English by the Lok Sabha Secretariat, was presented to the dignitaries.
A veteran freedom fighter with rich parliamentary experience and deep knowledge of parliamentary practices and procedures, Shri Bali Ram Bhagat was elected as the Speaker of the Fifth Lok Sabha on 5 January 1976. He was a Member of the Provisional Parliament and First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Seventh and Eighth Lok Sabhas. As a Union Minister, he held important portfolios, including Finance, Planning, Defence, External Affairs, Foreign Trade and Supply, Steel and Heavy Engineering. He functioned as the Governor of Himachal Pradesh from February 1993 for four months and Governor of Rajasthan from 30 June 1993 till 1 May 1998.
Shri Bali Ram Bhagat passed away in New Delhi on 2 January 2011