TURA, March 4 - Late PA Sangma was fondly remembered and tributes paid during the memorial lecture on the occasion of his third death anniversary. The remembrance of the late stalwart took place at the District Auditorium where former Meghalaya Chief Minister and Chief Adviser to Government, DD Lapang delivered a memorial adress in the presence of Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma, Home Minister James K Sangma, Soradini Sangma, wife of the former MP, among others.
The event was jointly organised by PA Sangma Foundation, Tura in association with Synod College, Shillong.
Delivering the memorial lecture, Lapang paid glowing tributes and eulogised the great personality and leadership of late PA Sangma while considering him as one of the tallest leaders of the Northeastern region.
He also mentioned about his close association with PA Sangma and his family in the earlier days. Further, he stated that though Sangma hailed from a small village of Chapahati in South West Garo Hills, with his outstanding values and determination, he rose to one of the tallest leaders of the State and country as well.
In 1977 Sangma was given a chance to contest the Lok Sabha elections by former Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Captain WA Sangma, who had confidence in his capability. PA Sangma proved his capability by winning the poll.
According to Lapang, he contributed a lot by bringing various developmental projects to the region. Lapang also mentioned that when Purno was the Speaker of the Parliament, he proved himself to be a powerful speaker and outstanding parliamentarian.
In his remarks, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma recalled the vision of his late father for the development of the State as well as Northeastern region.
He also informed that the stretch of road from Araimile to Ballonggre via Dakopgre has been named as PA Sangma Road while the Dikki Bandi Stadium was renamed as PA Sangma Stadium on his death anniversary.
Others who spoke on the occasion were Adviser to the Chief Minister, and secretary PA Sangma Foundation, Thomas A Sangma, Principal, Synod College, Shillong Dr RM Lyngdoh. Coordinator, IQAC, Synod College, Shillong Dr M Rani led the gathering in prayer.