SHILLONG: The Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) has expressed profound grief and sorrow at the passing away of veteran Congress leader Dhrubanath Joshi on Monday.
In his long and illustrious political career spanning over almost seven decades, Joshi was elected to Meghalaya Legislative Assembly since its inception in 1972, for six long consecutive terms. In this period, Joshi not only held the position of Minister of Meghalaya but also was the Chief Whip of the Party in the Assembly. He also held the position of Chairman of several Government of Meghalaya Undertakings and held several important positions in the party.
Meghalaya PCC said in a release, "Due to his friendly and amiable nature he was near and dear to all those who came in contact with him and was very popular among the masses. His religious nature also endeared him to the people.
He was one of the few Congress MLAs who was responsible for installing the first-ever Congress Government in the State led by (L) Capt. W. A. Sangma.
The void caused due to the sudden demise will be difficult to fill, said the Meghalaya PCC.
While praying to the Almighty to grant his soul eternal repose, Meghalaya PCC also prays to God to grant strength and solace to the members of his bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss, added the release signed by James S. Lyngdoh, working president of Meghalaya PCC, stated a release.