New Delhi: Parliament will offer condolence to former Prime Minister I K Gujral on Monday, who died on Friday, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Shukla.

"It is a sad news. The Home Minister has made the announcement in both the Houses. On Monday, Parliament will offer condolence to him. It is a great loss to the country," Shukla told reporters outside the Parliament.

Gujral, 92, who headed a coalition government in the late 1990s, died in a private hospital in Gurgaon, near Delhi, after a brief illness.

Shukla said as Prime Minister, he gave a new direction in the political and economy spheres. "The country today lost a knowledgeable person in parliamentary affairs."

Condoling Gujral's demise, LJP leader Ram Vilas Paswan, who was a minister during Gujral regime, said, "He had a very clean image and a sober nature. He was also very image conscious. The country has lost a worthy son today. The nation will always remember him."

Government sources said that both Houses of Parliament will be adjourned after paying homage to the former Prime Minister on Monday.


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