SHILLONG: Former Meghalaya Minister and Opposition Congress MLA from Selsella, Clement Marak, passed away in New Delhi on Monday evening.
Clement was admitted in a private hospital in New Delhi where he was undergoing treatment for the last few months till he breathed his last at around 8.15 pm on Monday.
Clement was the former State Power Minister from Congress. He also won the 2018 Assembly election from Selsella constituency.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma and leader of Opposition Dr Mukul Sangma have in separate press releases expressed their deep condolences. Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma has expressed his shock at the news. “In the past, I have had interaction with Marak at official and personal occasions. We had fought elections against each other, but we never had any personal difference. He was like my elder brother. Despite his prolonged illness, he remained popular in imagination of his people. His death is an irreparable loss. He was the son of the soil and has always worked for the poor,” he said in a message.
He expressed his condolences and prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul. Leader of Opposition, Dr Mukul Sangma while conveying his condolence said that the party has lost a “personal and dependable” friend, and “trustworthy comrade”.“It is a great lost to the party, the constituency he represented, and the people of the State,” Dr Sangma said, adding: “despite his failing health, Clement continued to serve the people and remained responsive to the call of duty.”“It was because of the people’s love and affection, he also got a convincing victory in last election though he could not campaign much. He has been able to render to all sections of people including the vulnerable groups especially when he represented the constituency which is one of the difficult and challenging areas,” Dr Sangma said.