IMPHAL, Oct 1: The departed Speaker of Manipur Legislative Assembly, Dr. Sapam Buddhichandra was given full honour by the state government today by observing one day state mourning in which all government offices and educational institutions remained closed and the National Flag was flown at half mast as a mark of showing respect to the departed leader.
The mortal remains of Speaker Buddhichandra was brought to Imphal in a special flight of Indian Airlines from Delhi today at around 1:15 pm accompanied by the chief minister O. Ibobi and MPCC president Gaikhangam.
A large number of people including ministers, MLAs, officials, family members, Congress workers and local populace of Konthoujam A/C gathered at the Imphal Tulihal Airport to receive the mortal remains of Speaker Buddhichandra.
The body was then taken to his official residence from the airport for performing the religious rites. The Congress workers led by MPCC president Gaikhangam in presence of chief minister O. Ibobi paid floral tributes to the departed Speaker at the Congress Bhavan, BT Road, Imphal.
A two-minute silence was also observed as a mark of showing deep respect to the veteran Congress leader Buddhichandra.
The body of the departed Speaker was also taken to the Manipur Legislative Assembly where he was given full honour by the state government led by RK Nimai, secretary to the Governor of Manipur.
The chief minister O. Ibobi, revenue and law minister Th. Debendra, opposition leaders Radhabinod Koijam, O. Joy and other ministers and MLAs were also present at the condolence service.
Speaking at the sideline of the condolence service, chief minister O. Ibobi stated that the demise of Speaker Buddhichandra is a great loss not only for the Congress Party but also for the whole state.
The final funeral rites of the departed Speaker Buddhichandra was held in a local crematorium ground located at his birthplace Konthoujam Awang Leikai with gun salutes given by the state force.
Meanwhile, in the cabinet meeting held today all members of state cabinet expressed deep sorrow over the demise of Speaker S. Buddhichandra who passed away on September 30.
The cabinet acknowledged his tenure as the Speaker of Manipur State Legislative Assembly has set high standards and exemplary precedents of maintaining the dignity of the House and noted that his departure has created a void in the political arena of the state.
The cabinet also observed two-minute silence to show respect to the departed Speaker. The Naoriya Pakhanglakpa Block Congress Committee, Manipur Legislator’s Forum on HIV/AIDS and United NGOs Mission-Manipur also expressed condolence over the demise of Speaker Dr. S. Buddhichandra.