Parliament on Monday paid glowing tributes to veteran Congress leader Arjun Singh with the Rajya Sabha, where he was a sitting member, adjourning for the day after the obituary reference.

Soon after paying tributes to Singh, who died on March 4 at the age of 81, Chairman Hamid Ansari adjourned the Upper House for the day as a mark of respect to the departed soul.

Leader of the House and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was also present.

Paying rich tributes to Congress leader, Speaker Meira Kumar said in the Lok Sabha that the country has lost “an accomplished parliamentarian, able administrator and a distinguished leader.”

The veteran Congress leader had represented the Lower House from 1985 to 1988 and from 1991 to 1996 from South Delhi and Satna constituency in Madhya Pradesh respectively.

He was a member of the Rajya Sabha from April 2000 to April 2006 and was renominated in 2006. He remained a member of the Upper House till his demise.

Describing Singh as an “astute administrator”, Ms. Kumar said Singh served as Union Minister of Commerce, Communication and Human Resource Development between 1985 and 2009.

In the Upper House, Chairman Hamid Ansari said, “A lawyer by profession, Singh had an illustrious political career, spanning more than five decades. He took keen interest in social work and had been closely associated with various social organisations.”

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