M’laya Speaker Donkupar passes away

M’laya Speaker Donkupar passes away
Dr. Donkupar Roy. (File)
Correspondent SHILLONG, JUL 28 | Publish Date: 7/28/2019 11:19:21 AM IST

Meghalaya Assembly Speaker Dr. Donkupar Roy, who was successfully elected for seventh consecutive times and was once a chief minister, passed away at Mendanta hospital in Gurugram on Sunday. He was 64. 

The economist-turned politician was flown in an air ambulance to Delhi on July 18 due to acute diabetic leading to multiple organ failure,  Roy’s close-aide said.  The body of Roy, who is the president of United Democratic Party, a key partner in the ruling NPP-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance government, will be flown back on Monday morning where his last rites will be performed. 

The Meghalaya government has declared three days of state mourning and state holiday on the day of funeral as mark of respect to the departed legislator. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Governor Tathagata Roy, chief minister Conrad Sangma, Nagaland and Mizoram CM, Leader  of opposition Mukul Manda Sangma and Nagaland opposition leader condoled the sudden demise of Roy. 

Rio, Patton condole

Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio and deputy chief minister Y. Patton have expressed pain to hear about the sudden demise of Donkupar Roy. “I am deeply shocked to hear about the sudden death of Dr Donkupar Roy, Meghalaya Assembly Speaker & former CM of Meghalaya. He was the longest serving legislator & leader of UDP. My deepest condolences to his family and to the Govt. of Meghalaya,” Rio tweeted. 

Patton: Dy CM & BLP leader Patton said he was shocked to learn about the sudden demise of Dr.  Donkupar Roy, former chief minister, incumbent Speaker of Meghalaya Assembly and UDP chief. Patton said Roy as the former chief minister, served the people of Meghalaya in various capacities and has contributed enormously in the development of Meghalaya.  His sudden demise is a huge loss to the people of Meghalaya, he added. 

Patton, on behalf of all the state BJP legislators, conveyed heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family members, friends and supporters and prayed that the departed soul rest in eternal peace.


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