Meghalaya Legislative Assembly paid rich tributes to departed leaders

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The Meghalaya Legislative Assembly paid rich tributes to departed leaders from the state and from across the country on Friday, the first day of the autumn session.

Tributes were also paid to former legislators of the state – Mihsalan Suchiang, Obil Kyndait and Dr PW Khongjee – and 27 other leaders, who passed away during the last six months.

Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma led the members in recalling the contributions made by the departed leaders asserting that their demise is a great loss.

 

He said large number of them were former speakers, former chief ministers and leaders who have held high posts as ministers in the state and central governments.

 

Conrad said coming to Meghalaya, all the three were tall leaders as he expressed condolences to the bereaved families of the departed souls.

 

He recalled that Suchiang was a senior United Democratic Party (UDP) leader and a four time legislator from Jaintia Hills region.

 

“I also have fond memories of Dr PW Khongjee because we were in the House together…He was a quiet and gentle person,” the Chief Minister said as he also condoled the passing away of Obil Kyndait.

 

Leader of Opposition Mukul Sangma said, “With a very heavy heart I am condoling the demise of all these great politicians and public servants.”

 

He also recalled his association with late Obil Kyndait and said, “He was a veteran and true politician. Though he was 78 when he left us but till then he has been active in his contribution to the prosperity of the people. He has contributed both as MLA and member of the JHADC.”

 

The former chief minister also remembered Dr Khongjee as a very close friend and a colleague in the Assembly.

 

“It was too early for him to leave us at 62. We were together in the medical institution at Imphal, he was senior to our batch and was always available for consultation and we did take up many issues for the welfare of our students. He has been a guide, an adviser and more like an elder brother guiding all of us,” he said

 

Mukul said that Dr Khongjee also understood the potentiality of Sohra and the state by focusing on tourism for sustainable livelihood. “In his passing away, I have lost a personal friend, we have lost a committed social worker and a politician,” he added.

 

Also condoling the passing away of Suchiang, the Leader of Opposition said, “He was a politician who can be emulated by many os us, a man with a sense of commitment and true service to the people.”

 

He also recalled how Suchiang was good in English language while making submission inside the House. “He was so eloquent not only in the language but in the subject he was acclamitize with,” he said.

 

According to him, all these politicians are very rare now and their passing away is a big loss to the state.

 

Others who paid tribute on the opening day were Congress Legislator Charles Pyngrope, Rangsakona Legislator Zenith M Sangma, Mawsynram Legislator HM Shangpliang, beside others.

Speaker Metbah Lyngdoh too paid rich tributes to departed leaders.