Remembering Vithalbhai Patel on his death anniversary

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Vithalbhai Patel, the first elected Speaker of the Central Legislative Assembly, was famous for his fair, dignified and righteous disposition. Today the nation remembers him on his death anniversary.

New Delhi: Vithalbhai Patel, the first elected Speaker of the Central Legislative Assembly, was famous for his fair, dignified and righteous nature. Today the nation remembers him on his death anniversary.

Vithalbhai Patel was born on September 27, 1873 in Gujarat. He helped make the assembly an effective platform where the state, the center and the people of India can decide the fate of the country through their elected members.

He was a philanthropist, politician, lawyer, freedom fighter and a true patriot. During India’s freedom struggle, he co-founded the Swaraj Party and became the deputy leader. Patel, who was the elder brother of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the Iron Man of India, was a politician who fought against British rule. His contribution to Indian politics and freedom struggle is great but he is comparatively less known to all.

He was the first elected Speaker of the Central Legislative Assembly in 1925 and was re-elected in 1927. He was instrumental in laying down well defined rules, regulations, practices and procedures for the smooth conduct of the business of the House. A courageous defender of members’ rights and privileges, he was successful in his efforts in 1928 to create a separate office for the Legislative Assembly, independent and unaffiliated from the government.

Vithalbhai Patel died on 22 October 1933 in Geneva, Switzerland due to his deteriorating health.

First published:October 22, 2021, 5:07 pm

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