SHILLONG, March 29: The mortal remains of Paty Ripple Kyndiah, former Union Minister and veteran Congress leader, was accorded a State Funeral at St. Anthony’s Ground, Laitumkhrah before being laid to rest at the All Saints’ Cathedral Cemetery, here today afternoon.
Floral wreathes were laid by the dignitaries of the State at the casket bearing Late Kyndiah’s mortal remains draped with the Tricolor, while the Meghalaya Police accorded a gun salute as a mark of respect to the departed leader.
Paying a tribute to the late leader on the solemn occasion, the Chief Adviser to the State Government Dr DD Lapang recalled Late Kyndiah as a “man of passion, mission and determition” and said that his passing away was a great loss to the family, the State and the tion as a whole.
The Speaker of the State Assembly AT Mondal, offering his tributes to the Late leader on behalf of all the members of the Assembly, said it was one of the saddest moments in the history of Meghalaya. “Late Kyndiah never lost an election in his lifetime and this only shows the amount of faith the people had in him”, he said, adding that he had been a guiding force to all the members in the Assembly especially to the new members.
Home Minister Roshan Warjri in her tribute also recalled the services of Late Kyndiah to the State and the tion in various capacities, saying that she would greatly miss his “towering presence”.
LK Kyndiah, one of the sons of Late Kyndiah spoke on the occasion on behalf of the family and expressed his gratitude to the State Government for according a grand honour to their late father and said that besides being a great leader, he was “a loving and caring father and a closest friend we had”.
The floral tribute to the departed leader on behalf of the Governor, Keshari th Tripathi was paid by the Principal Secretary, MS Rao.
Besides a number of positions held in his long political career both in the State and Union governments, Late Kyndiah was also actively involved various social services and also authored a number of books including, “Jawaharlal Nehru: the Thinking Dymo”, “Meghalaya: Yesterday and Today, “Journey of Words”, “Rev. JJM Nichols Roy: Architect of District Council Autonomy” and “Mizo Freedom Fighters”, among others.
Despite the inclement weather, the State Funeral function for Late Kyndiah was attended by many citizens of the State, besides the ministers, officials and his family members, relatives, friends and well-wishers.