SHILLONG, Dec 28: Hundreds of people from Mawkhar constituency and other parts of the State paid their last respects to the former minister and Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) president Friday Lyngdoh, who passed away at his residence, on December 24 after prolonged illness and was filly laid to rest today at Mawkhar Presbyterian Church cemetery.
The 86-year-old Congress leader, who represented Mawkhar assembly constituency until 2013 elections, is survived by his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
It may be recalled that during the last assembly election the veteran Congress leader did not contest the elections but instead handed over the baton to Roshan Warjri who is currently the Home Minister in the Mukul Sangma-led Congress coalition government.
During the funereal service conducted at his residence hundreds of people including public representatives and government officials paid homage to Friday Lyngdoh by laying wreaths near his coffin. Condolence message continued to pour in on Monday from the Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC), United Democratic Party (UDP), Seng Kynthei Mawkhar, besides others, expressing grief at the sudden demise of the former Minister.
The Chief Minister Mukul Sangma in his condolence message said, “We fondly remember late. Friday Lyngdoh, a leader ever accessible to all, as one of the political stalwarts the state has ever produced, who held various positions in successive governments and ably led Congress party as its President in the state and it has been a great privilege for so many of us to have been associated with him in serving the people of the State.”
He said the veteran Congress leader also served the people of the state as a government official in various capabilities and was an active social worker as well as a church elder.
Meanwhile, Mawkhar headman WHD Syngkon in his eulogy said, “It has deeply saddened me because I feel that we have lost the father and a pillar of the locality.”