Condolences were expressed across party lines today following the death of veteran Congress leader and former minister, Dhrubanath Joshi.
On social media, Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma said that he was “saddened to learn about the demise of six-time MLA and veteran politician, Shri DN Joshi Ji. He dedicated his entire life in the service of the state and committed towards the development of educational institutions. He also worked extensively for the welfare of the Gorkha community in our state. My condolences to his family and loved ones. May his soul rest in eternal peace.”
In a press release, Speaker of the Assembly, Metbah Lyngdoh, described Joshi as “one of the last stalwart” legislators. He added that Joshi will be remembered as an MLA who worked actively for the upliftment of the people and his great oratorical skills.
Meanwhile, the Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) expressed its profound grief and sorrow.
In a statement issued today, the MPCC said that Joshi was one of the few Congress MLAs who was responsible for installing the first ever Congress government in the State led by (L) Capt. W A Sangma.
The MPCC also recalled that in his long and illustrious political career spanning over almost seven decades, Joshi was elected to Meghalaya Legislative Assembly since its inception in 1972, for six long consecutive terms.
It also said that in this period, Joshi not only held the position of cabinet minister but also was the Chief Whip of the Congress party in the Assembly and also held the position of Chairman of several Government of Meghalaya undertakings and held several important positions in the party.
“Due to his friendly and amiable nature he was near and dear to all those who came in contact with him and was very popular among the masses. His religious nature also endeared him to the people. MPCC feels that the void caused due to the sudden demise will be difficult to fill,” the statement said.