Remembering the great leader, even after a year of his demise, the portrait of the former Speaker of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly, (L) Dr. Donkupar Roy was unveiled at the temporary Assembly chamber at Rilbong here on Thursday.
The portrait of the departed leader was unveiled by the Assembly Speaker, Metbah Lyngdoh in presence of Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma, Leader of Opposition Mukul Sangma, cabinet ministers, and MLAs.
Speaking on the occasion, Lyngdoh said the portrait was in memory of (L) Dr. Donkupar as he was the first Speaker, who had passed away while in office. He said (L) Dr. Donkupar was a great leader who had served the state seven consecutive terms in a row.
The Speaker also assured to ensure that the construction of the new Assembly building at Mawdiangdiang is completed before the state celebrates its 50th year of statehood, which according to him was the dream of the departed leader.
“We have to thank (L) Dr. Donkupar for taking the initiative to see that the construction of the new building starts without any delay. Some even suggested him to lay the foundation stone but he refuses and said let us do the inauguration after it is completed,” he said.
Lyngdoh informed that he has put a target that the new Assembly building should be completed by the end of 2021. “I urge everyone to support me to ensure the construction is completed on time. I also hope that the CM will extend all the possible help…,” he said.
Paying homage to the former Speaker, Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma said, Dr. Donkpuar will be remembered for his principles and contributions to the state.
Welcoming the suggestion of the Leader of Opposition on the need to have a space for keeping the portraits of all the Speakers and Deputy Speakers in the new Assembly, the chief minister said the unveiling of Dr. Donkupar’s portrait was the beginning of the process.
He said apart from this, the new Assembly building could also have a history section of the state for students to learn and understand the governance and the legislation every time they visit the Assembly.