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Singapore: An Indian-born Singaporean member of parliament has decided against contesting the upcoming general elections, the media reported on Saturday.

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Following the release of the Electoral Boundary Review Committee’s report on Friday, Inderjit Singh posted on Facebook that he would be stepping down.

He thanked the people of Kebun Baru area in central Singapore for their consistent support.

“I did my best to serve them and this would not have been possible without my team, the grassroots leaders and branch activists at Kebun Baru who have become my extended family,” Channel News Asia cited Singh as saying.

“I urge the residents at Kebun Baru to continue supporting the team which will be helmed by my successor. To Kebun Baru, Ang Mo Kio and everyone there, you will always be in my heart,” the 55-year-old veteran wrote on Facebook.

Singh, along with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, served the Ang Mo Kio Group Representation Constituency (GRC) since 1996.

Born in Punjab, Singh attended Kaki Bukit Primary School in Singapore and earned Bachelor’s of Engineering (Electrical and Electronics) degree from Nanyang Technological University in 1985.

During this period, Singh became the first chairperson of the students’ union council.

He became an active grassroots leader in 1984 and a member of Parliament for the Kebun Baru ward in the 1996 general elections under the governing People’s Action Party banner.

From 1985, Singh worked as an engineer for 13 years. After the stint, Singh began a career in entrepreneurship. Later, he founded the United Test and Assembly Center (UTAC), a semiconductor firm, in 1998.

(IANS)

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As A Mark of Respect To Karunanidhi, Parliament Gets Adjourned

"In his passing away, the country has lost an able administrator and an outstanding statesman. The House deeply mourns his death."

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Parliament Gets Adjourned As A sign Of Respect (Wikimedia Commons)

Both Houses of Parliament were adjourned for the day without transacting any business on Wednesday as a mark of respect to former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK leader M. Karunanidhi who died in Chennai on Tuesday.

The presiding officers of the two Houses made obituary references and paid homage to the 94-year-old political stalwart.

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan described him as a visionary and a true leader of the masses and said his death “is an irreparable loss to the country and marks the end of an era”.

The members stood in silence for a short while.

A 2 Minute Silence Was Observed For Him. Flickr
A 2 Minute Silence Was Observed For M. Karunanidhi, After His Passing On Tuedsay. Flickr

In the obituary reference, Mahajan said Karunanidhi, an astute administrator, in his “long and illustrious political career” showcased his “admirable leadership qualities and worked relentlessly for the cause of the people, particularly the marginalised and the downtrodden sections of the society.

“A multifaceted persona, Karunanidhi rose to become the most celebrated screenwriter in the Tamil film industry, using the cinematic medium to deliver his political ideas to the masses. The 1952 box office hit ‘Parasakthi’, in particular, was a turning point both in Tamil cinema and for Karunanidhi,” she said.

In the Rajya Sabha, Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu said Karunanidhi was actively engaged in social and public life.

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“In his passing away, the country has lost an able administrator and an outstanding statesman. The House deeply mourns his death,” Naidu said.

The House observed two minutes of silence before adjourning for the day. (IANS)

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