Autumn Session: Meghalaya leaders pay tribute to departed leaders on first day
The Autumn Session of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly commenced with all its members paying tribute to twenty departed leaders from across the country, including three from the state, in Shillong on Friday. The members also observed a two-minute silence in memory of the departed souls.
Meghalaya lost three of its former political leaders in the past six months -- former Sohra MLA Dr PW Khongjee, former Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC) Obil Kyndait, and former Mowkaiaw MLA Mihsalan Suchiang.
Remembering the late leaders, Leader of the House Conrad K Sangma offered his condolences to the bereaved families while recalling their contribution towards the welfare of the state.
The others who expressed their condolences include Leader of the Opposition Dr Mukul Sangma, Speaker Metbah Lyngdoh, members of the ruling government-- Lahkmen Rymbui, James Sangma, Sniawbhalang Dhar, Wailadmiki Shylla, Sosthenus Sohtun; Congress MLAs -- Charles Pyngrope, George Lyngdoh, PT Sawkmie, Zenith Sangma, HM Shangpliang and Mayralborn Syiem.
While Khongjee, 63, a former parliamentary secretary in-charge of tourism, passed away on August 1 at Nazareth Hospital due to COVID-19 complications, veteran politician Kyndait, the former MLA from the then Rymbai Constituency, passed away on July 16 at his residence at Salini Colony, Mihmyntdu in West Jaintia Hills. He was 78 years old.
Another veteran political leader Late Mihsalan Suchiang, the father of the present UDP MLA, Nujorki Sungoh, passed away on September 7 at his residence at Mukhap village in West Jaintia Hills. He was 79.
September 13 is expected to be a stormy day in the House as heated discussions on a slew of issues from crisis in the Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited (MeECL), the alleged rice scam, interstate boundary disputes to the Cherishsterfield encounter are likely to take place in the House.
(Edited by Ibankyntiew Mawrie)
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