Guwahati: The state of Meghalaya is mourning Donkumar Roy, a former Chief Minister and the founding-leader of the UDP party, on the occasion of his first death anniversary.
Today, a prayer service attended by the who's who of the Meghalayan politics was held at the Shillong residence of the former political stalwart.
"Prayer ceremony at (L) Dr. Donkupar Roy's residence in Shillong on his first death anniversary. We honour his life and immense contributions to our State", Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma, who took part in the prayer, wrote on his official twitter handle.
Prayer ceremony at (L) Dr. Donkupar Roy's residence in Shillong on his first death anniversary. We honour his life and immense contributions to our State. pic.twitter.com/ok6RK4OwgH— Conrad Sangma (@SangmaConrad) July 28, 2020
Dr. Donkupar Roy served as the Chief Minister of the state for one year, from March 2008 to March 2009. He stepped down when President's Rule was imposed in the state. He was also serving as the president of United Democratic Party (UDP).
Roy, a PhD in economics, who represented Shella constituency in East Khasi Hills district from 1988, breathed his last at the age of 64 following multiple-organ failure. Notably, Roy had represented Shella at the Assembly for a record 7 times. For about 10 days, he was at the Medanta Hospital after he was flown in an air ambulance. The president of the United Democratic Party (UDP) reportedly suffered from acute diabetes.
Roy was laid to rest at his home constituency of Shella with full state honours on Wednesday, July 31. Thousands of mourners braved the rain while paying their last respects to the veteran leader during the state funeral held at Saitsohpen ground in Sohra.
Later, Roy's son and UDP candidate Balajied Kupar Synrem won the Shella Assembly seat in a by-poll after thumping his opponents by huge margins.
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