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Meghalaya Speaker dies, 3 days mourning announced
Shillong, July 28 - Meghalaya Assembly Speaker and former Chief Minister Donkupar Roy passed away on Sunday at the Medanta hospital in Gurugram after multi-organ failure, a party leader said. He was 64.
The economist-turned-politician, who was an acute diabetic, was flown in an air ambulance to New Delhi on July 18e, Roy's close aide said.
The body of Roy, who was President of United Democratic Party (UDP), a key partner in the National People's Party-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance government, will be flown back to the state on Monday morning for his last rites.
The Meghalaya government has declared three days of state mourning and a state holiday on the day of funeral as mark of respect to Roy, a seven-time legislator.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Governor Tathagata Roy, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga, and Meghalaya's Leader of Opposition Mukul Sangma have condoled the sudden demise of Roy.
"Passionate about Meghalaya's progress, he served the state with great diligence and helped transform many lives. Condolences to his family and supporters," Modi said in a tweet.
Roy was first elected to the Meghalaya Assembly from Shella constituency, bordering Bangladesh, as an Independent MLA on 1988 with the ardent support of the then Alliance Reconstruction of Meghalaya State, a political body of the influential Khasi Students' Union.
He was first appointed as Minister in the B.B. Lyngdoh ministry and then served in various capacities in the state.
After a fractured mandate in the 2008 Assembly elections, Roy was sworn in as Chief Minister on March 19, 2018 but his government was dismissed exactly one year later and the state put under President's Rule.
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