The Lok Sabha condoled the death of four-time Bharatiya Janata Party member Baliram Kashyap, representing Bastar (Scheduled Tribes) in Chhattisgarh, who died in Raipur at 3 a.m. on Thursday. He had been a member of the House from 1998-99.

Speaker Meira Kumar made obituary references and paid rich tributes, referring to him as a “well-known social activist who strove for the welfare of the poor and the deprived sections of society”. The members observed a minute's silence as a mark of respect to Mr. Kashyap, before the House was adjourned for the day.

Vacancies

With his death, the number of vacancies in the 543-member Lok Sabha (not including nominated members) has gone up to three, as Kadapa MP Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy (Congress) and Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda (BJP), representing Jamshedpur, had earlier resigned on November 29, 2010, and February 26, 2011, respectively.

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