SHILLONG: Tura Member of Parliament (MP) Agatha Sangma tied the knot with Patrick Rongma Marak at the Sacred Heart Church in Tura on Thursday. The wedding ceremony was attended by the host of dignitaries including Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang, senior Assam Minister Himanta Sarma among others.
Agatha walked down the aisles with her mother Soradini Sangma and was accompanied by her brothers Conrad K Sangma and James K Sangma. The wedding procession witnessed scores of people lying by the side of the road to have a glimpse of the bride, the daughter of late PA Sangma and sister of State Chief Minister Conrad Sangma.
Earlier in the day, Conrad Sangma went to pay tribute at the burial site of his father and took to Twitter and stated: “Here comes our bride! It is an extremely emotional moment to see our sister walking down the aisle today. Our Papa would be so proud.”
“Like every parent, he would’ve been proud to walk her down the aisle and we wish he were here today,” Conrad also wrote.
In the tweet, the Meghalaya Chief Minister also thanked Himanta for accompanying him. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also greeted Agatha Sangma. Modi wrote on Twitter, “congratulations to Agatha and Patrick. Best Wishes to the newlywed…Congratulations also to your family on a special occasion. My friend late PA Sangma would have been delighted.”
Born in New Delhi, Agatha received her LLB degree from Pune University. She did her Masters in Environmental Management at the University of Nottingham in the UK.
Agatha was first elected to the Lok Sabha from Tura in 2008 when she won a by-election after her father had decided to join State politics.
She had successfully contested the 2009 polls as a candidate of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and was inducted as the youngest minister in the UPA II government.
Her husband, Patrick is an alumnus of the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences in Imphal. He is working as a resident doctor at the North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) in Shillong.