Former Lok Sabha Speaker P A Sangma passes away

Friday, Mar 4, 2016,11:38 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | Former Lok Sabha Speaker P A Sangma dies of a heart attack in Delhi. Parliament sources said the end came this morning after he suffered a heart attack. Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan announced the news of his death in the House, which was adjourned for the day. While expressing deep grief over Sangma’s passing away, Mahajan said he knew how to run the House with a smile and I learnt this from him. Lok Sabha adjourns for the day as a mark of respect to Sangma.

Sangma, a man of masses, Sangma strove relentlessly for the amelioration of the marginalised sections, the Speaker said. Condoling the death of Sangma, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was a self-made leader whose contribution towards the development of the North East is monumental. Saddened by his demise. Sangma’s tenure as Lok Sabha Speaker is unforgettable. His down-to-earth personality and affable nature endeared him to many, he said, adding Sangmaji was deeply influenced by Netaji Bose.

Sangma’s emergence to the national political ccenario occurred when the country was preparing for the Sixth General Elections in 1977. From the Tura constituency, he was elected to the Lok Sabha on the Congress ticket. He was also the Chief Minister of Meghalaya from 1988 to 1990 and Leader of Opposition in the assembly from 1990 to 1991

Purno Agitok Sangma was born on September 1, 1947 in village Chapahati in West Garo Hills District of Meghalaya. He went to Dibrugarh University in Assam for his Masters degree in International Relations, after finishing his graduation from St. Anthony’s College. He also got a law degree. A multi-faceted personality, Sangma has been a lecturer, a lawyer and a journalist priot to joining politics.

A Congressman who was one of the founding members of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), was expelled from it in July 2012 when he refused to accept his party’s decision to quit the race for India’s President. In January 2013, he had formed the National People’s Party.