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Meghalaya Assembly Speaker Donkupar Roy dies, PM Modi, CM Sangma express condolences

According to reports, Roy was admitted to Medanta Hospital in Haryana's Gurugram on July 18 after he complained of some stomach-related complication.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 28, 2019 7:43:57 pm
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Meghalaya Assembly Speaker and former Meghalaya Chief Minister Donkupar Roy died Sunday afternoon at a Gurugram hospital, reported news agency ANI. He was 64-years-old. Reports said that Roy passed away at around 2:50 pm.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences. PMO India tweeted quoting PM Modi, “Anguished by the demise of Dr. Donkupar Roy, Speaker of the Meghalaya Assembly and former CM of the state. Passionate about Meghalaya’s progress, he served the state with great diligence and helped transform many lives. Condolences to his family and supporters.”

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma also expressed his condolences on the death of Roy.

Sangma tweeted, “Deeply saddened by the untimely demise of Speaker of Meghalaya Assembly Dr Donkupar Roy. We have lost a leader, a mentor, who had dedicated his life for the service of the people. May Almighty provide strength to his family in this hour of grief. May his soul RIP.”

Former Chief Minister Mukul Sangma too expressed his deepest condolences, adding that he lost a personal friend. He tweeted, “I am deeply shocked by the unexpected news of the sad demise of our honourable Speaker, Dr Donkupar Roy. Lost a personal friend & a leader of the state, rare, trustworthy & dependable. Deepest condolences to the bereaved family.”

According to reports, Roy was first admitted to a state-run hospital in Shillong before being referred to Medanta Hospital in Haryana’s Gurugram on July 18 after he complained of some stomach-related complication. He was undergoing treatment since then.

His body will be flown back to Meghalaya by tomorrow for the last rites, ANI reported.

Roy served as the Chief Minister of the state for one year, from March 2008 to March 2009. He stepped down when President’s Rule was imposed in the state. He was also serving as the president of United Democratic Party (UDP).

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