IMPHAL, Aug 19: The last rite of Yaiskul MLA Elangbam Suraj was performed with befitting state honour today.
Suraj was killed in a motor accident in New Delhi in the wee hours of Thursday. His mortal remain was brought to Imphal from New Delhi by a special Indigo flight at 11:30 am today.
The dead body was first taken to Congress Bhavan where Congress leaders led by MPCC president Gaikhangam paid floral tribute to the deceased MLA.
It was then taken to Manipur Legislative Assembly complex where the legislators led by speaker I Hemochandra paid floral tribute. Deputy speaker Th Lokeshwar, opposition leader Radhabinod Koijam, senior opposition MLA O Joy and other MLAs also attended the condolence meet.
Speaker Hemochandra reminisced about the friendship he shared with Suraj during their college years in St Stephen’s College, Delhi. He expressed profound grief, shock and disbelief at his sudden demise.
The ceremonial rite of MLA Suraj was performed in the afternoon at his home at Wangkhei Yonglan Leirak, Imphal East.
Meanwhile, president of Manipur Pradesh Youth Congress Committee, M Prithiviraj also condoled the demise of Elangbam Suraj in a car accident in New Delhi last night.
The Communist Party of India, Manipur State Council, Manipur People’s Party, Bharatiya Janta Party, Manipur Pradesh, BJP Yaiskul Mandal, City District Congress Committee and Delhi Association of Manipur Muslim Students have also condoled the demise of Yaiskul MLA E Suraj.
The Manipur Bhavan, Delhi organised a condolence meeting at the conference hall of the Bhavan at Sardar Patel Marg yesterday.
The condolence meeting was attended by former Chief Minister and sitting Rajya Sabha member Rishang Keishing, sitting Lok Sabha Members Dr. Thokchom Meinya and Thangso Baite, Hill Areas Committee Chairman Thangminlen Kipgen, Members of Manipur Legislative Assembly Doukhomang Khongsai and Haokholet Kipgen, Resident Commissioner Rakesh Ranjan, Additional Secretary of Labour, A. Tombikanta, former Director of RIMS Dr Fimate, Joint Director of Parliament Dachhabanta Samom and other officials posted in New Delhi, besides the family members of Elangbam Suraj.
After paying floral tribute to the Photograph of the MLA, the meeting observed two minutes silence to pay respect to the departed soul.
Former Chief Minister Rishang Keishing MP, in the condolence meeting, said that the death of Elangbam Suraj in a road accident was a sad ending of a political career. He stated that his family was closely known to him for many decades. He imagined how much the family would have suffered to bear the tragedy in the family – his father died few years back and then he died. He prayed to the almighty for his bereaved family members to give the strength.
The Lok Sabha member Dr. Thokchom Meinya expressed profound shock and grief over the tragic and untimely death of Elangbam Suraj MLA. He grew up with good academic career studying in Delhi. His untimely death in his prime has cut short a political career and promising leadership.
The Lok Sabha Member Thangso Baite expressed profound sorrow about the sad and untimely demise of Elangbam Suraj. Describing his brilliant career in education and sports, Baite said, “It is huge loss for the party and all of us”.
AICC General Secretary in charge of Manipur, Luizinho Faleiro, personally visited at Manipur Bhavan here to meet the bereaved family members of Elangbam Suraj and expressed his heartfelt condolence at the sudden demise of Elangbam Suraj, Congress MLA.
Manipur Chief Minister who arrived this evening at New Delhi also paid floral tribute to the photograph of Elangbam Suraj and condoled the untimely demise of the young MLA. Chief Minister met the family members of Elangbam Suraj at Manipur Bhavan here and had a long conversation.