Purno Agitok Sangma

Founder President (1947-2016)

A man, who lived for others, Padma Vibhushan Late Purno Agitok Sangma had worn many caps during his four decade long political career as Cabinet Minister, Chief Minister and Speaker of the Lok Sabha. He always stood up for the minorities and raised concern for their welfare. Hailing from a small village in the Garo Hills in Meghalaya, Late Sangma ji had championed the cause of not only the constituency he represented in the Parliament but for the entire nation. He had continuously engaged in guiding young Parliamentarians on the need for a quality debate and motivated them to dedicate themselves for the cause of building a resurgent India.

He is remembered and acknowledged by politicians from across party lines for his role as Speaker of the Lok Sabha. During his tenure as Speaker of the Lok Sabha (1996-98), Sangma ji had pitched that a lot needs to be done to improve the quality of the Parliament, precisely putting the onus on political parties to choose candidates with proper education, credibility and good reputation.On national issues like corruption, criminalization of politics, probity in public life.

Sangma ji said that people even in the villages have become conscious and the electorates have become mature, which calls for better candidates. As someone who had a stint in Journalism, Sangma ji had lauded role of media in creating sensitization in the country where people have become informed and vigilant. He was very focused and particular on issues relating to women reservation in politics. He had made his views clear that all political parties should reflect the spirit of the 81st Amendment to the Constitution of India.

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