Vice president Hamid Ansari will address a special meeting of the Kerala Assembly on September 11 in connection with the 125 anniversary of legislature in the State.

Governor Nikhil Kumar, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, Opposition Leader V. S. Achuthanandan and Deputy Speaker N. Sakthan will speak.

Speaker G. Karthikeyan told the media here on Saturday that the Vice president would interact with members of the Assembly after the meeting and plant a tree in the legislature complex.

The Speaker said that the more than a year-long celebration of Quasquicentennial would conclude this month-end. Union Defence Minister A. K. Antony would inaugurate the valedictory on September 30. The Chief Minister and other party leaders would address the gathering. Members of the House who had completed 25 years as members, living members of the First Kerala Assembly and journalists who had reported the Assembly proceedings for long would be honoured at the meeting.

He said that a gathering of present and former employees of the Legislature Secretariat would be held on September 28 as part of the jubilee. Former speakers and secretaries to the Legislature would address the gathering.

He recalled that the Quasquicentennial celebrations had been inaugurated on August 23 last year by Maharastra Governor K. Sankaranarayanan. The first legislature in Kerala—the Travancore Legislative Council, had its first meeting on August 23, 1888.

He said that a souvenir of the jubilee, which is under printing, would be published by November. It would have photographs of all the members, historic speeches in the Assembly and other valuable records, besides report of the celebrations.


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