The first session of the 16th Lok Sabha was held on Wednesday before which the former Union Minster for Parliamentary Affairs Kamal Nath took oath as the protem speaker for the Lok Sabha at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
At the first session of Lok Sabha, after the national anthem, Nath asked the members to observe silence to pay tribute to the deceased Union Minister Gopinath Munde, who died on Tuesday in a tragic car accident. Nath hailed him as the 'man of the masses' and said, "We deeply the mourn the loss of Gopinath Munde."
Munde was the Union Minister for Rural Development, Water and Sanitation and had taken his oath only last week.
After seeking the recommendation of the new members as notified by the Election Commission from Secretary General P Sreedharan, Nath announced that the oath taking will take place on Thursday. The bulletin also mentioned that in the wake of Munde's death on Tuesday, his seat has fallen vacant.
The first session of Lok Sabha was adjourned after the above mentioned events.
With agency inputs.