Former Lok Sabha speaker Balram Jakhar is dead

New Delhi: Former Lok Sabha speaker and Congress veteran Balram Jakhar died on Wednesday morning, his son Sunil Jakhar said. He was 92.

The cremation will be held at his native village Panchkosi in Punjab's Abohar town at 11 a.m. on Thursday, said Sunil who is a former Punjab Congress Legislative Party leader.

Balram Jakhar had suffered a brain stroke a year ago. He is survived by two sons and two daughters.

Balram Jakhar served as the speaker of Lok Sabha from 1980 to 1989.

He was also the Madhya Pradesh governor from June 30, 2004 to May 30, 2009. He also served as the union agriculture minister during former prime minister P.V Narasimha Rao-led Congress government.

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