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In a shocking news it has been reported that former Lok Sabha Speaker and Tura MP Purno Agitok Sangma passed away earlier today. This news has also been confirmed by his eldest son and legislator James Sangma to TNT-The Northeast Today.
Perhaps the greatest political leader in recent times to emerge from the Northeast, PA Sangma was never defeated in his political career and also served as the Chief Minister from 1988 till 1990. He served as the Lok Sabha speaker and was praised by almost all parties for his non-partisan role as the Speaker.
He quit the Congress along with Tariq Anwar and Sharad Pawar to form the NCP and revolt against Sonia Gandhi on her foreign origin. Over the years though relationship between him and the Congress President improved. His daughter Agatha Sangma was also a minister in the UPA government. On June 20, 2012, Sangma resigned from the UPA constituent NCP after opposition from Sharad Pawar over his presidential candidature.
He also stood as the presidential candidate against Pranab Mukherjee in the last election and was instrumental in ensuring that his party NPP came back to power in the recent GHADC election.
According to his family members, he may have suffered a heart attack late last evening. He was 68. He attended parliament yesterday. Reports suggest that his Secretary found him dead in bed this morning.
The Congress Party of which he was a member for many years has also come out with a statement grieving the death of the Member of Parliment from Tura.
With his passing away an era has definitely ended in the politics of Meghalaya and Northeast India.
Speaking to a relative, he informed that embalming is being done in New Delhi then after the body of former Lokk Sabha will be taken to his residence at 34 Aurangzeb Road.