By Our Reporter | TNT News | October 9, 2018
SHILLONG: Meghalaya on Monday witnessed the death of former Minister and Congress MLA Clement Marak after he lost his battle to prostate cancer for which he was undergoing treatment at a hospital in Delhi.
BREAKING | Meghalaya: Congress leader Clement Marak passes away at 58
Meghalaya Congress spokesperson, Himalaya Shangpliang informed that the body of former Minister and sitting Congress legislator from Selsella, Clement Marak would be flown from Delhi to Shillong on Tuesday.
When contacted, Shangpliang told that he had spoken to the wife of late former Minister, June Marak who has confirmed that that his body would be brought to Shillong from Delhi on Tuesday
According to him, the body of late former Minister will be halt at his residence in Lumsohphoh for one day. The body would then be taken to Tura on Wednesday where his final rite would be performed, Shangpliang said. He also informed that the MPCC would be having condolence meeting at Congress Bhavan tomorrow to pay tribute to the late former Minster.
Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma expressed his shock and grief at the sudden demise of the leader. He said, “I am deeply shocked to hear of the sudden demise Shri. Clement Marak, honourable elected member from Selsella Assembly constituency, Meghalaya.
In the past, I have had interaction with Marak at official and personal occasions. We had fought elections against each other, but we never had any personal difference. He was like my elder brother.
Despite his prolonged illness, he remained popular in the imagination of his people. His death is an irreparable loss. He was the son of the soil and has always worked for the poor.
My wife Mehtab Agitok Sangma and children join me in conveying our deepest condolences to June Eliana R. Marak and all other members of the bereaved family and pray to Almighty God that the departed soul rests in eternal peace.
We fail to find the words to express our sorrow and disbelief yet we pray that Almighty God will give the bereaved family strength and courage during this time of grief”.
Leader of the opposition Dr. Mukul Sangma also joined the CM in reaching out to the family of the deceased leader. He said, “I conveyed my deepest condolence to members of the bereaved family, especially his wife, and children. We have lost him, and I have lost a personal and dependable friend, and trust worthy comrade. It is a great lost to the party, the constituency he represented, and the people of the State. Inspite of his failing health, he continued to serve the people and remain responsive to the call of duty. It was because of the people’s love and affection, he also got a convincing victory in last election though could not campaign much. His services would be remembered and he has been able to render to all sections of people including the vulnerable groups especially when he represented the constituency which is one of the difficult and challenging areas”.
The Meghalaya Congress spokesperson told that he (Clement) had been battling prostate cancer and he breathed his last at Max Super-specialty Hospital at Shalimarbagh in New Delhi where he was admitted for the last two weeks.
It may be mentioned that he (Clement) had retained the Selsella Assembly constituency after managing to defeat NPP’s Ferlin C A Sangma.