Shillong: The Autumn session of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly kicked off Friday and is expected to be a heated one because of the developments following the death of former HNLC leader Cherishterfield Thangkhiew.
On the first day of the session, the House paid homage to several leaders who have passed away in the last six days.
Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma, along with Leader of Opposition Dr Mukul Sangma, paid tributes to close to 20 leaders that the state and the region has recently lost.
In his obituary references, the CM informed the Assembly that the state has lost “three tall leaders” and that the death of all these 20 leaders “is a great loss for the nation as a whole”.
Paying tribute to former Mowkaiaw MLA Mihsalan Suchiang, Sangma said his death was felt not only by the UDP or the people in the Constituency but by every citizen who feels the loss. Late Suchiang is also the father of present MLA Nujorki Sungoh. Suchiang was a senior member of the UDP and a four-time MLA.
Opposition  leader Dr Mukul Sangma also joined the House in condoling the demise of a number of leaders whom the state lost. He pointed out that these great leaders have contributed tremendously in their own respective capacity.
Speaker Metbah Lyngdoh recalled his association with late leader Dr PW Khongjee, saying the latter was always approachable. Sending his condolences to the bereaved family of late Suchiang, the Speaker said that he felt guilty for not meeting him.
“This week was unfortunate; we have lost another leader, a man of principles and ethics, late Suchiang. I was shocked to learn about the loss of this great leader,” said Lyngdoh, adding that he had been planning to meet the deceased since last year but his plans were put on hold due to the pandemic..
Lyngdoh said Suchiang was a man of few words but “when he uttered any words, everybody would accept and agree with whatever suggestions or advice he would give”.
Several legislators also paid their condolences and observed silence for two minutes as a mark of respect.

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