29 May 2015

G. V. Mavalankar 27.2.1981

The stamp has a portrait of Shri. G. V. Mavalankar with a part of Parliament House in the foreground. The first day cover depicts Speakar’s Chair in Lok Sabha Chambar. The cancellation shows the Parliament House building.

Ganesh Vasudev Mavalankar (27 November 1888 – 27 February 1956) popularly known as Dadasahebwas an independence activist, the President (from 1946 to 1947) of the Central Legislative Assembly, then Speaker of the Constituent Assembly of India, and later the first Speaker of the Lok Sabha, the lower house of the Parliament of India. His son Purushottam Mavalankar was later elected to the Lok Sabha twice from Gujarat.

He was one of the guiding force with Sardar Patel in education front of Gujarat and was co-founder of Ahmadabad Education Society along with Kasturbhai Lalbhai and Amritlal Hargovindas Further, he along with Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel and others was also one of the proposer of an institution like Gujarat University as early as the 1920s, which later came to be founded in 1949.

On 15 May 1952, after the first general elections in independent India, Mavalankar, who was representing Ahmedabad, was elected the Speaker of the 1st Lok Sabha. The House carried the proposal with 394 votes, against the opponent's 55. In January 1956, Mavalankar suffered a cardiac arrest and died on 27 February 1956 in Ahmedabad.

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