Former LS Speaker PA Sangma Dies at 68

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New Delhi : Former Lok Sabha Speaker Purno Agitok Sangma died of heart attack here on Friday. He was 68.

Parliament sources said the end came today morning.

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan reported the news of his demise in the House, which was adjourned for the day.

While communicating profound despondency over Sangma’s death, Ms. Mahajan said he knew how to run the House with a grin and “I learnt this from him.”

“A man of masses, Sangma strove relentlessly for the amelioration of the marginalised sections,” she said.

Condoling the death of Sangma, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was “a self-made leader whose contribution towards the development of the Northeast is monumental.

Sangma’s tenure as Lok Sabha Speaker “is unforgettable”. His down-to-earth personality and affable nature endeared him to many,” he said, adding “Sangmaji was deeply influenced by Netaji Bose.”

Sangma was a nine-time member of the Lok Sabha and the Speaker in the 11th Lok Sabha. He had also held important portfolios in the Union government.