In the Rajya Sabha, deputy chairperson Najma Heptullah read out the obituary reference after which the House observed silence for two minutes as a mark of respect to Kant, who was the chairman of the Upper House.
Mrs Heptullah paid rich tributes to the late Vice-President and said in his passing away the country had lost a veteran freedom fighter, an able administrator and an eminent parliamentarian.
Fairness and firmness were the two sterling qualities of Kant’s character, she said, adding, “in the age of ethical relativism, he was an example of impeccable integrity and rectitude.”
In the Lok Sabha, Speaker Manohar Joshi read out the obituary reference after which two minute silence was observed. Prime Minister AB Vajpayee, deputy prime minister LK Advani and Opposition leader Sonia Gandhi were present.
In his obituary reference, Mr Joshi described Kant as a “great parliamentarian and a true Gandhian, a man of great eminence and scholarly persuasions and one of the most active and charismatic personalities in the national pubic life, whose absence would be greatly felt in Parliament and in the nation as a whole”.
“His unique style of defusing tense moments in the House with his witty remarks and his sense of fairness and impartiality made him one of the most distinguished presiding officers of Parliament,” the Speaker said.