Punjab Vidhan Sabha on Friday paid tributes to eminent writer Prof Surjit Hans, famous Punjabi folk singer Mohammad Sharif Idu, veteran journalist Shangara Singh Bhullar, journalist Kanwaljit Singh Dhaliwal, freedom fighters, as well as political and other eminent personalities, who had passed away since the intervening period of the previous session.
The House, paid its respects to former ministers Jasbir Singh and Sukhdev Singh Shehbazpuri, and two former MLAs — Comrade Buta Singh and Daljit Kaur Padiala, along with freedom fighters Raj Kumar, Jeevan Singh and Mohinder Singh Salooja.
Respects were also paid to Mahavir Chakra Awardee Brig Manjit Singh, and famous Punjabi folk Singer Mohammad Sharif Idu, besides eminent editor and Punjabi columnist Shingara Singh Bhullar.
Vidhan Sabha Speaker Rana Kanwarpal Singh also proposed that homage be paid to Raj Rani, mother of former Rajya Sabha Member and senior BJP leader Avinash Rai Khanna, as well as to Surjit Kaur, mother of Aam Aadmi Party MLA Najar Singh Manshahia.
On the request of Parliamentary Affairs Minister Brahm Mohindra, the name of eminent Punjabi writer and Sikh historian Prof Surjit Hans, who passed away on Friday morning, was also added to the obituary list.
On Congress MLA Randeep Singh Nabha’s request, the Speaker also consented to include the name of senior journalist Hardev Singh, the son of renowned freedom fighter Baba Kishan Singh, to obituary references.
As AAP MLA demanded to include the name of farmers who have committed suicide, the Speaker refused the same.
The Speaker also did not allow SAD MLA Bikram Singh Majithia’s request to include the name of Akali Dal’s two former sarpanches — Baba Gurdeep Singh and Dalbir Singh Dhilwan — murdered recently, in the obituary list.
The Speaker, on behalf of the members, proposed that homage be paid to all those members who had passed away since the previous session. After the obituary references to the 10 eminent personalities, he passed a resolution for conveying the condolences of the House to their respective families. The resolution was passed by voice vote.
The members also observed a two-minute silence in memory of departed souls as a mark of respect during the obituary references, on the concluding day of the (special) session.