Meghalaya mourns death of Purno A Sangma
SHILLONG: Meghalaya on Friday mourned the death of National People's Party founder and Lok Sabha MP from Tura, Purno A Sangma, whose chequered political career spanning nearly four decades came to an abrupt end and whose death sent shock waves across the state and cutting party lines.
The state government has also announced a seven-day mourning as a mark of respect to the former chief minister, a former lok sabha speaker and a true leader of the people, who almost was elected president.
Meghalaya Legislative Assembly Speaker Abu Taher Mondal broke the news of his demise at the House, minutes after the Governor V Shanmuganathan addressed the House on the first day of the Budget session.
The news was reacted with a shock and there was silence as Mondal went on to cut short today's session and also announced adjournment of the House on his funeral.
An emotional Chief Minister Mukul Sangma, whose political career was shaped by P A Sangma himself, said he is 'perturbed and deeply grieved' the loss of a leader in the capacity of P A Sangma.Recalling Purno's contribution as a leader, the chief minister said, "No leader from this part of the country has achieved this extra-ordinary innings in political and public life."
Leader of Opposition and president of United Democratic Party Donkupar Roy said he realized that Sangma was an exceptional leader that the state ever produced ever since their first encounter in 1988. Roy recalled the contribution made by Purno in the capacity of a former Union cabinet minister, a Speaker in the Lok Sabha and as a chief minister of the state besides as a member of the legislative assembly.
Government's chief adviser and Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee president D D Lapang in his condolence said P A Sangma has a 'global mindset'. "He was not narrow and selfish. He was also fast in thinking and decisive too. PA has demonstrated his ability, dreams and determination to be great, rightly equipped with a vision, mission and determination," the former chief minister said.
Hills State Peoples Democratic Party president Ardent Basaiawmoit recalled how 'humorous' P A Sangma could be at times and that the leader was always available to anyone who needed his guidance.
Urban Affairs Minister Ampareen Lyngdoh, who had earlier posted a picture of her with P A Sangma in Delhi way back in the 80s, said, "He was witty, intelligent and is a committed leader." She recalled of her association since her father and P A were friends bounded by politics and said, "He is a man who dared to live his dreams and whose agendas are real and focused."
Condolences continued to pour in to P A Sangma's wife, his two sons and his only daughter Agatha Sangma in the social network sites in the internet and on their mobile phones too.