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Hegde termed a model administrator

By Our Special Correspondent

BANGALORE, JAN. 13. Members in the Legislative Assembly paid tributes to the former Chief Minister, Ramakrishna Hegde, who died here on Monday.

The House also passed a condolence resolution and adjourned after observing a two-minute silence as a mark of respect to the departed leader.

The Speaker, M.V. Venkatappa, said the death of Mr. Hegde had left a void in the State's political scenario. Mr. Hegde was the architect of decentralisation and relentlessly worked for it. He was a model administrator who gave a thrust to the Panchayat Raj system.

Mr. Hegde was elected to the Assembly six times and was the Chief Minister twice. He was the first non-Congress Chief Minister of Karnataka, he said.

Mr. Venkatappa said that Mr. Hegde hailed from a family which took part in the freedom struggle and sacrificed a lot for the country.

The Chief Minister, S.M. Krishna, said that it was Mr. Hegde who put the State on the political map of the country. Apart from strengthening the Panchayat Raj system in the State, Mr. Hegde strengthened the Lokayukta for achieving transparency in administration and eliminating corruption, Mr. Krishna said.

Mr. Hegde had all the qualities to become the Prime Minister.

The Leader of the Opposition, Jagdish Shettar, described Mr. Hegde as a model Chief Minister and an outstanding administrator.

The Leader of the All India Progressive Janata Dal (AIPJD) group, B. Somashekar, said that Mr. Hegde's conduct in public life was commendable.

P.G.R. Sindhia (Janata Dal-Secular) described Mr. Hegde as the most popular leader who had initiated a number of popular programmes for the uplift of the poor and the neglected lot in society.

The Minister for Rural Development and Panchayat Raj, M.Y. Ghorpade, the Urban Development Minister, D.K. Shivakumar, and the Minister for Major Industries, R.V. Deshpande, recalled the services of Mr. Hegde and paid tributes to him.

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