Lok Sabha paid homage to the departed senior BJP MP from Maharashtra Chintaman Vanaga, who passed away in New Delhi on January 30. He was 67. Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said the lower house will be adjourned on Friday as a tribute to the departed member.
After paying tributes, the Speaker said even though the tradition has been to adjourn the house on the first day of convening, post the demise, but due to our constitutional duty to present the budget the house will be adjourned on Friday as a mark of respect.
Last year too, the government went ahead with the budget presentation despite the demise of former Union minister and IUML leader E Ahamed, who had collapsed during the president’s address to the joint sitting of the two Houses. The House did not meet the next day as a mark of respect.
Vanaga, a three-time MP, was brought dead to the hospital around 11.15 am after collapsing his Ferozeshah Road residence here.
Maharashtra Chintaman Vanaga, who was born on June 1, 1950, was elected to the Lok Sabha from Palghar in Maharashtra. He was a member of the 11th and the 13th Lok Sabha as well.
An advocate by profession, he was the Thane district president of the BJP. He was a member of the parliamentary standing committee on rural development and the committee on welfare of SCs and STs.
(With inputs from PTI)