Day one of Autumn session of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly Credit: EastMojo image

Shillong: The Autumn Session of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly on Thursday began with obituary references with Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma leading the House in paying tribute to leaders who lost their lives in the last few months.

In what was seen to be an unusual situation with the high number of eminent personalities who lost their lives, according to Sangma, a total of 39 eminent personalities passed away in the last few months.

Leading the House in paying tribute Sangma said, “In last few months we have lost from our state leaders like Late HS Shylla who was a former minister, and we also lost Late Simon Siangshai who was a former MLA from Jaintia Hills.”

Sangma said that the nation lost one of the tallest figures in the country with the demise of Late Pranab Mukherjee.

The CM also paid tribute to several national prominent personalities.

Recalling the relationship he shared with some of these leaders, Sangma expressed that he had fond memories of them..

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“HS Shylla had great oratory skills and one would get carried away the way he would speak,” Sangma said. He added, “A special mention to Late Pranab Mukherjee, he has been part of Indian politics and has made a major contribution and worked very hard with the subjects he handled. He was a great personality.”

Leader of Opposition Dr Mukul Sangma expressed that today was unusual because the number of leaders who passed away is 39, which is a huge loss for the nation.

A majority of the members of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly called Late Shylla and Late Siangshai as the two great sons of the soil.

“HS Shylla was connected with farmers, downtrodden, and of course, he wore many hats. He spent a substantial amount of time preaching. He also continued to serve people as a politician he was an extraordinary man. Will take a long time to fill up the void,” said Dr Mukul Sangma.

He also expressed that Late Siangshai’s contribution was huge, and they would remember him fondly.

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