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Dashmunsi to take Sayeed's power ministry
December 19, 2005 12:56 IST
Information and Broadcasting Minister Priyaranjan Dashmunsi was on Monday given charge of the power ministry following Union Power Minister P M Sayeed's death on Sunday.
Meanwhile, both Houses of Parliament were adjourned for the day without transacting any business as a mark of respect to Sayeed, who died in Seoul.
Sayeed represented Lakshadweep from the fourth to the 13th Lok Sabha and had risen to become the Deputy Speaker in the 12th and 13th Lok Sabha.
Sayeed, an advocate, became the speaker following the death of G M C Balayogi till Manohar Joshi was elected to the post.
During his almost four decade long stint in Parliament, Sayeed held various ministerial portfolios including steel, coal, mines, home affairs, information and broadcasting and power, Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee said.
When he was 27, he became the youngest member to enter Lok Sabha in 1967.
"Sayeed commanded love and respect from all sides of the House due to his simplicity and behaviour," Chatterjee said.
United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Leader of the House Pranab Mukherjee and Leader of the Opposition Lal Kishenchand Advani were also present.
"Sayeed, who was genial and unflappable by temperament, commanded respect, love and affection of all sections of the House.
"He was a dedicated parliamentarian, committed to upholding best traditions of parliamentary democracy and had left an indelible imprint on our parliamentary history," Chatterjee said.
In the Rajya Sabha, Chairman Bhairon Singh Shekhawat described Sayeed as an eminent parliamentarian and an able administrator.
He said Sayeed, who was a member of the House, had an illustrious career.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was present in the House.
"Sayeed devoted his life for welfare of the poor and downtrodden and was associated with various social, welfare and cultural activities, particularly in Lakshadweep," Shekhawat said.
"He was a soft spoken person and was highly respected. He endeared himself to one and all with his suave manners," Shekhawat said.