SHILLONG, Sep 6: Legislators in Meghalaya paid rich tributes to former Speaker Late Dr Donkupar Roy, who died here on July 28, during the obituary reference on the first day of the Autumn session of the Assembly today.
Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma made obituary references to the departed leaders.
Conrad recalled Dr Roy as a leader who is ready to help.
Conrad also remembered Dr Roy as a Speaker, who guided the young legislators and first time MLAS across party lines.
The Chief Minister also talked about Dr Roy’s act for bringing all the parties who are in the MDA, together and ensured understanding between the partners. This laid a strong foundation between the various parties in the alliance.
Opposition leader, Dr Mukul Sangma, told the House that he had known Dr Roy since 1993. Dr Sangma won his first election in 1993 while Dr Roy first won in 1988, as independent MLAs.
“In 1993 we were 12 independent MLAs. Therefore as a group we had the privilege to know closely,” Dr Sangma said.
The opposition leader said that inspite of being on the opposite sides in the assembly they remained friends.
He recalled that they were both deputy chief ministers under the leadership of veteran politician Dr DD Lapang.
Dr Sangma pointed out that on many occasions they were confronted with situations but the presence of Dr Roy they found out ways and means to come out of it.
Congress MLA from East Shillong, Ampareen Lyngdoh said that although Dr Roy was a soft spoken man but he knew what to say.
She also said that he was one person who wanted the regional forces to have their say in the state’s politics.
“He was an individual who had the foresight for survival of regional forces in Meghalaya,” Lyngdoh added.