Raipur : The Chhattisgarh assembly Monday paid rich tributes to former prime minister Chandra Shekhar who died in New Delhi Sunday.
Soon after the house assembled on the opening day of the monsoon session, speaker Prem Prakash Pandey made an obituary reference, describing Chandra Shekhar as "one of the greatest leaders".
Chief Minister Raman Singh, Leader of Opposition Mahendra Karma and other senior members recalled the late socialist leader's "stellar contribution to the country".
Raman Singh said: "The former prime minister had stuck to his principles throughout his life". Mahendra Karma said: "Chandra Shekhar knew the pulse of the common people."
Ramchandra Singhdeo, the state's former finance minister and one of the senior members of the assembly, recalled his long association with Chandra Shekhar and said: "He had never engaged himself in caste and communal politics."
N.K. Verma, the lone Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) legislator in the 90-member BJP-dominated assembly, also paid tributes to the former prime minister.
Chandra Shekhar, who was prime minister during 1990-91, died in a Delhi hospital of cancer at the age of 80.
The house observed a two-minute silence as a mark of respect to Chandra Shekhar and two former MLAs of the undivided Madhya Pradesh who died recently. It then adjourned for the day.