Tributes to Morarji Desai on 116th birthday

New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today led the nation in offering floral tributes to former Prime Minister Morarji Desai on his 116th birth anniversary.

Besides Singh, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, Deputy Speaker Kariya Munda and a number of Parliamentarians offered tributes to Desai who was Prime Minister between March 1977 and July 1979.

Several Union ministers, former MPs and Secretary-General of Lok Sabha T K Viswanathan, were also present at a brief function in Parliament`s Central Hall to commemorate the birth anniversary of Desai.

A booklet containing Desai`s profile brought by the Lok Sabha Secretariat, was presented to the dignitaries who attended the function. Desai`s portrait was unveiled in the Central Hall of Parliament on December 15, 1995 by the then President Shanker Dayal Sharma.