Former Governor Kesharinath Tripathi. file photo
Photo: Amar Ujala.
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I am the perception system of consciousness,
I am the research book of Karmasiddha,
I am the original mantra of sages and sages,
I am the chronometer of the speed of the era,
What should I say next?
Pandit Kesharinath Tripathi was like these lines of his poem. Including many identities in one. Simple man, natural politician, tough administrator, soulful poet, eminent jurist, dedicated to democratic traditions, constitutionalist and dedicated, senior litterateur, famous Hindi sevi but great scholar of English, walking thesaurus and many more.
Neither the worry of making one feel like a big politician nor the worry of protocol. Yes, if the issue is about responsibility and dignity for duty, then it is quite harsh. Krish Kaya’s Keshari was of huge personality. He was such a litterateur and constitutionalist, who also knew political maneuvers very well.
Keshari’s identity may be related to Prayagraj, but his ancestors were originally from Deoria. From where his family settled in the foundation village of Prayagraj. Kesharinath was born on 10 November 1934.
Six times MLA, thrice Speaker
Keshari Nath was elected MLA six times from the southern seat of Prayagraj. He was also the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly thrice. In 1991, during the Kalyan Singh government with absolute majority of pure BJP in the state, he was elected Speaker for the first time. As the speaker of Keshari’s assembly, who used to solve the constitutional intricacies in a jiffy and suggest ways to solve the problems, the edge of the decisions was very sharp. Many of his decisions are seen to guide those who hold the chair of the Assembly Speaker by becoming Nazir.
like position like role
Whenever Keshari got the role, he performed it with full devotion. Was the Governor of West Bengal or the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly. While holding these posts, he did not even accept to see the door of the BJP headquarters. He stepped into the party office only when he was freed from the constitutional limitations of these posts.