PA Sangma is no more

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Sangma111Purno Agitok Sangma passed away on the morning of 4 March. He was 68. The former Speaker of the Lok Sabha and chief minister of Meghalaya died of a heart attack, according to Parliament sources.

Sangma served the 16th Lok Sabha as its speaker from 1996 to 1998. He also remained the chief minister of Meghalaya from 1988 to 1990.

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.”

“A man of masses, Sangma strove for 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. He was inspired by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.”

Sangma was born on September 01, 1947 in Chapahati village in West Garo Hills district of Meghalaya. He worked his way up the ranks as Congress worker and became Meghalaya Pradesh Youth Congress general secretary in 1975.

Sangma, 30, entered the national scene in 1977 when he was elected on a Congress ticket from Tura constituency and entered Parliament when Congress was losing power at the centre. He assumed the office of industry deputy minister in November 1980. After two years, he shifted to Ministry of Commerce as deputy minister. For a short while, he also functioned as the MoS home.

In 1998, Sangma became Meghalaya CM. He returned to the Lok Sabha in 1991 following the general polls and was inducted into the union cabinet and was given independent charge of coal. In September 1995, Sangma took over as the minister of I&B. Finally, he  became an MP for the fifth time from Tura in 1996 and was unanimously elected as the Lok Sabha speaker.