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SHILLONG, March 28: The ministers and officials of the State government came together in mourning to extol the qualities of Late Paty Ripple Kyndiah, a former Union Minister, during the condolence meeting which was held in the conference hall of Main Secretariat, here today afternoon.
A state funeral function for the departed leader will be held at Garrison Ground here on Sunday at 2.30 pm.
The meeting, chaired by Deputy Chief Minister R.C.Laloo, placed on record a deep sense of loss over the demise of Late Kyndiah and also resolved to hand over the condolence message to the bereaved family. The meeting also observed two minutes' silence as a mark of respect to the departed soul.
Addressing the meeting, Laloo recalled how Late Kyndiah always had courage of conviction and purpose in life that made him go ahead with his decisions. He also said that he learned a lot from him in his political career, adding that it was through the counsel of Late Kyndiah that he was able to come back to the political circles after a long gap of 10 years.
Chief Adviser to the Government, Dr. DD Lapang called Late Kyndiah "a stalwart of the State and of the tion, who never surrendered to problems and challenges" and spoke of his successes and achievements in his long political career.
Minister for Home Roshan Warjri said she had the opportunity of being associated with Late Kyndiah since her college days when he was a member of APHLC and recalled how as one of the leaders of Hill State Movement he had played a key role in mobilizing volunteers.
Sports& Youth Affairs Ministers Zenith Sangma spoke of his association with the Late leader as President of the State Youth Congress and called him his "mentor", adding that his demise is a great loss to the State and the tion as well.