SHILLONG | July 28, 2019:
It is a sad day for the state of Meghalaya for it has lost one of its veteran politicians and leader of all the regional forces in the state — Dr Donkupar Roy, who is also the Speaker of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly.
Dr Roy passed away due to organ failure at New Delhi today at around 3.15 pm. He was admitted in Medanta Super Speciality hospital at Gurgaon, Delhi since July 19.
Sources informed that the Government is trying to bring the body of Dr Roy to Shillong tonight.
“Deeply saddened to know of the unfortunate and untimely death of Donkupar Roy (64). He was the Speaker of Meghalaya legislative assembly,a former Chief Minister of Meghalaya and the President of the United Democratic Party. RIP, Om Shanti,” tweeted Meghalaya Governor Tathagata Roy.
Expressing his grief, Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma said “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 rest in peace.”
Similarly, Congress leader, Dr M Ampareen Lyngdoh tweeted, “I am deeply saddened to hear that the honourable Speaker, Dr. Donkupar Roy has passed away in New Delhi. He was a down to earth and wonderful human being, and his passing leaves behind a void in the hearts of the people of Meghalaya.”
Sohra UDP MDC, Titosttarwell Chyne, who is a close associate of the Assembly Speaker, said that the demise of Dr Roy is a great loss not only to the party but to the State as a whole.
It may be mentioned that Dr Roy had served as the Chief Minister of Meghalaya during the MPA coalition Government between 2008-2009.
Elected as a legislator for the seventh consecutive time, Roy, the president of the United Democratic Party (UDP), first won the Shella assembly seat as an independent candidate in 1987.
Born on November 10, 1954, Dr Donkupar Roy then joined the United Democratic Party just before the 1998 state assembly elections. He retained the Shella Assembly constituency seat for five consecutive terms on UDP ticket.
The Shillong News extends its condolences to the bereaved family of Dr Donkupar Roy, a tall leader who was a force to reckon with in the political landscape of Meghalaya. May his soul Rest in Peace.