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A veteran parliamentarian and former Lok Sabha Speaker PA Sangma passed away on 4th March 2016. He was 68. The former Meghalaya chief minister was one of the widely respected political leaders of the country. In his long political career he also unsuccessfully contested the presidential election as an opposition candidate against Pranab Mukherjee. A man of masses he will always remembered for his notable contribution in the parliamentary democracy.
Purno Agitok Sangma was born on September 1, 1947 in a small tribal village Chapahati of West Garo Hills District of Meghalaya. He completed his graduation from St Anthony’s College and later went to Dibrugarh University in Assam for his Masters degree in International Relations. He also had a degree in Law. He struggled hard to rise in life. He is survived by his daughter Agatha Sangma and son Conrad Sangma.
PA Sangma made forays into the political arena in 1973 by becoming Vice-President of the Pradesh Youth Congress in Meghalaya. He later served as General Secretary of the Pradesh Congress Committee of Meghalaya from 1975 to 1980. He was elected to the Lok Sabha eight times i.e. 6th, 7th, 8th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, and 14th Lok Sabha. He represented Tura (ST) constituency in Lok Sabha. In his long illustrious career he served as the Chief Minister of Meghalaya from 1988 to 1990. He earned admiration as a Speaker of Lok Sabha from 1996 to 1998. A long-time member of Congress Party , he alongwith Sharad Pawar and Tariq Anwar was expelled from the party for raising a banner of revolt against Sonia Gandhi over her foreign origin issue. Subsequently, the trio formed the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). Due to differences with NCP chief Sharad Pawar over his Presidential candidature, he resigned from all posts of NCP. Sangma lost to Pranab Mukherjee for the post of the President in the results declared on 23 July 2012.
Illness and Death
Sangma died of a heart attack at his Delhi residence.
Death of the beloved leader was mourned by many eminent personalities who remembered Sangma as one of the most respectful and sober member of the house.
President of India Pranab Mukherjee: Shocked to hear of sad demise of former Lok Sabha Speaker and Meghalaya CM PA Sangma; my heartfelt condolences #PresidentMukherjee
Shri Sangma was a veteran Parliamentarian and able administrator who served the nation in different spheres #PresidentMukherjee
In passing away of Shri Sangma, the nation has lost an eminent public figure and multi-faceted personality #PresidentMukherjee
Prime Minister Narendra Modi: Shri PA Sangma was a self-made leader whose contribution towards the development of the Northeast is monumental. Saddened by his demise.
Shri PA Sangma's tenure as Lok Sabha Speaker is unforgettable. His down to earth personality & affable nature endeared him to many.
Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan : “A man of masses, Sangma strove relentlessly for the amelioration of the marginalised sections,” the Speaker said.
Rajnath Singh: Shri PA Sangma was a distinguished parliamentarian and a wonderful human being. His demise is deeply saddening. May his soul rest in peace
Rajiv Pratap Rudy: Deep condolences on the sad demise of former Lok Sabha Speaker Sh P A Sangma. He was the mentor & guide for many young politicians.
Jual Oram: My deepest condolences at the sad demise of Shri PA Sangma, former speaker (LS). May his soul rest in peace.
Sadananda Gowda: Saddened by sudden demise of former LS speaker Sh. P.A. Sangma. Deep condolences to the family and friends.
Jagat Prakash Nadda: The sudden demise of PA Sangma is an irreplaceable loss for Indian polity. My deepest condolences.
Arun Jaitley: Condolences on sad demise of Sh. P. A. Sangma ji, an incisive politician & former speaker of the Lok Sabha. May God bless the departed soul.
M Venkaiah Naidu: Deeply saddened by the sudden demise of Shri P. A. Sangma. He was a veteran Parliamentarian and a true nationalist. (1/3)
He made distinguished contribution as a man of ideas and vision in his capacity as LS Speaker, as Union Minister & as CM of Meghalaya (2/3)
Many other members of the august house also mourned the death of Sangma.
Children: Agatha Sangma, Conrad Sangma
(FOLLOWER OF Mr. PURNO AGITOK SANGMA)
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