ITANAGAR, Mar 04: Arunachal Pradesh nit of National People’s Party (NPP) observed fifth death anniversary of former Lok Sabha speaker-cum-NPP founder Puno Agitok Sangma here on Thursday in a befitting manner.
The event begun with state president NPP Gicho Kabak along with other party leaders offered flowers to portrait of late leader.
Addressing on the occasion, Kabak termed him as a dynamic and one of the most popular personalities of Indian political scenario. He has been the brightest star of NE for getting elected to Lok Sabha for record nine consecutive times and as union minister held important portfolios, including commerce, industry, home, coal, labour and I&B when he took several people centric policy decisions, served as Lok Sabha besides serving as Meghalaya CM. His performance as union labour minister and speaker were particularly brilliant and speaks volumes about his leadership, statesmanship, skill in consensus building he said.
Late Sangma was recognized at national and international levels for his works and invaluable contributions to public life. He was conferred the Michael John Roll of Honour by Tata Workers Union for distinguished contribution to the cause of labour and parliamentary system & Golden Jubilee Award by Indian National Trade Union Congress for outstanding contribution to the cause of labour class, both in 1997; nominated Man of the year by Competition Success Review in 1998; Saraswati National Eminence Award (public leadership) by South Indian Education Society, Mumbai in 2003; Mother Teresa Beautification Honour in 2003 for his outstanding services; Padma Vibhushan, 2nd highest civilian award, in 2017 to become first recipient from Meghalaya, he recalled.
Highlighting his biography, he recalled that the late leader was born on 1st September 1947 in a humble family of non-descriptive village Chapahati in West Garo Hills, Meghalaya. He was married to Soradini K in 1973 and was blessed with two each sons and daughters, who became highly educated and established in their respective fields.
His elder son James K Sangma did a master degree in mass communication from Brunel University, London and now serving as Meghalaya Govt minister; eldest daughter Christi with Bacholor of Architech from Mumbai and Ph. D (architecture) from UK and married to a noted south Indian trader; second son Conrad K Sangma, a BBA from Wharton School of Management, USA and MBA from London, is now Meghalaya Chief Minister-cum-NPP national president; second & youngest daughter Agatha K Sangma, with LLB form India Law School, Pune & MA from UK, was MP from Tura parliamentary constituency and became Union MoS (RD) in UPA Govt., elected to state assembly in 2017 but had resigned to pave the way to for Conrad to get elected to become CM, she was elected from Tura seat again in bye-election-2019, Kabak recalled.
Late Sangma, a great NE leader ultimately recognized as a national leader reflecting his vision and innovative ideas, said state NPP vice president-cum-spokesman Nima Sangey Saling and exhorted NE leaders to emulate his ideals for greater interest of India and this under developed region in particular.
The NPP showcases the vision of its founder for which any His indepth knowledge and down-to-earth personality, particularly mingling freely with people had earned him respect, admiration from friend and foe alike. He was truly a man of masses, Saling added.
State VP Rudhum Sindhu, general secretary Toko Sakha, Youth Front GS Kokar Ronya & Women Front GS Chera Ami also spoke before it was resolved to carry forward Sangma’s mission with renewed thrust.
NPP Youth wing president Bage Kamsi and Youth Front GS Kokar Ronya distributed fruits to RK Mission Hospital patients in the morning to mark the occasion, according to a NPP release.