Shillong: Rajabala Congress MLA Dr Azad Zaman passed away early on Thursday morning after suffering a cardiac arrest.

Dr Azad passed away at the age of 47. The news of his death has left many members of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly in deep shock.

Speaking with EastMojo, Congress MLA Ampareen Lyngdoh said Azad’s death was profound loss for the party in Meghalaya.

“He was a young, vibrant, dedicated legislator. A first-timer, a doctor by profession. He passed away this morning at 2 am following a massive cardiac arrest,” Lyngdoh said.

Lyngdoh left Shillong for Rajabala to pay her last respects and will also be joined by other party leaders from the Garo Hills region.

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Meghalaya Legislative Assembly Speaker, Metbah Lyngdoh expressed that it was unfathomable that Dr Azad was no more.

“He was a wonderful person and this news comes as a shock not only to me but to all the colleagues in the House. I convey my deepest condolences to Dr Azad’s family members and may his soul rest in eternal peace,” said Lyngdoh.

Party sources said Dr Azad was geared up for the upcoming Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) elections.

Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma took to Twitter to share his condolence message. “Shocked and deeply saddened by the sudden demise of Hon’ble MLA of Rajabala, Meghalaya, Dr Azad Zaman. Dynamic and young leader of the plain belt of Garo Hills who worked tirelessly for the people. My deepest condolences to his family and loved ones. May he rest in peace,” tweeted Sangma.

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