Dhirubhai Shah

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Dhirubhai Shah (December 18, 1952–17 March 2008) was elected Speaker of the Tenth Gujarat Legislative Assembly on 19 March 1998. He was the youngest Speaker in the history of the Gujarat Legislative Assembly.

Dhirubhai Shah was born in a Jain family in the village of Bela, Taluka-Rapar, District of Kutch, in Gujarat state. After obtaining degrees in Commerce and Law, he started his legal profession in Gandhidham. Public contacts encouraged him to turn his career to politics. His devotion to social service appealed to the public. His hard work and commitment to the development of the Kutch region were well accepted by the people, which led to his rise as a leader. He built a firm base to his political philosophy during his tenure as the Leader of the Opposition in Gandhidham Municipality. He served the people through various activities and programmes as President of Gandhidham Municipality and also as Vice President of Gujarat Nagarpalika Parishad for 8 consecutive years. He was honoured with the award "Glory of India 1998" for rendering social services by the India International Friendship Society at a Seminar on "Economic Development and National Integrity" held in New Delhi. He was also awarded "Gujarat Gaurav Award 1999" for his contribution in the field of Excellent Parliamentary Procedure by the International Association of Educators for World Peace, a United Nations agency.

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