SHILLONG, Aug 16: Chief Minister, Conrad Kongkal Sangma has mourned the death of former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee.
In his condolence message, the Chief Minister said that Vajpayee will be remembered for his keen interest to develop the north eastern states.
According to Conrad on Janaury 21, 2000, Late Vajpayee held a day long brainstorming on socio-economic development of the northeastern states with his key ministers then – L. K. Advani, Yashwant Sinha, Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission K. C. Pant and Governors and Chief Ministers of the northeastern states at Shillong.
He also said that under the former Prime Minister, the Central government created a separate department of Development of North-Eastern Region (DONER) to ensure all round development in the region, the East-West corridor connecting Assam’s Silchar with Gujarat’s Porbandar and many more.
“In his passing away, the nation has lost an eminent public figure and multi-faceted personality who made immense contribution for the greater good of our country,” Conrad said.
The Chief Minister also said that on behalf of the people of Meghalaya and from the family members of his late father Purno Agitok Sangma, he sends deepest condolences and sympathies to his family members.
“I pray to the Almighty to give the family the strength and courage to bear this irreparable loss,” Cobrad said.
Late Vajpayee was a Member of Parliament for over four decades, being elected ten times to the Lok Sabha and twice to the Rajya Sabha until 2009 when he retired from active politics.