by NEWSNER , 2021-02-26 12:29:57
The upcoming new Assembly building won't just be a replacement landmark structure of Capitol Hill state.
It will ultimately take the place of the 125-year-old iconic structure that housed the legislature of undivided Assam until it had been gutted during a devastating fire in 2001. The historic structure, constructed of pine wood way back in 1874 was the Assembly building of undivided Assam and subsequently Meghalaya, Nagaland and Mizoram which were carved out of it.
Meghalaya is without a permanent state assembly building after the British-era building was destroyed. Since then, the Meghalaya legislature functioned within the State Central Library auditorium and subsequently, it shifted to a cultural complex in Rilbong.
“The fire was smouldering and therefore the entire skyline of Shillong has turned red,” former Meghalaya Chief Minister SC Marak said four hours after the blaze started within the evening. “The Meghalaya Assembly has certain emotional values and historical significance to all or any the people of the Northeastern region, particularly the politicians,” he added.
(L) Sarat Chandra Sinha, former CM of Assam was crying on a fateful day. Sinha was among many politicians who attended the Assembly sessions in what was then the undivided Northeast with Shillong as its capital, in 1946, before the country gained independence. Echoing the emotions, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, who inspected the new Assembly construction site on Thursday, said “Friends, our representative institutions like the Parliament, Legislative Assemblies and therefore the local bodies are the temples of democracy, where public representatives formulate to the hopes and aspirations of the people. Hence, it's important for all the democratic institutions – the Parliament, Legislative Assemblies and native bodies, be it within the sort of Autonomous District Councils or Panchayats, to figure in coordination and harmony so that our collective responsibility towards the people is fulfilled.”
Parliament had passed the Assam Reorganisation (Meghalaya) Act in 1969, which led to the establishment of an autonomous state of Meghalaya within Assam in 1970. A legislature of 37 members for the new autonomous state was established, with representatives elected indirectly by the autonomous direct councils.
Parliament passed the North-Eastern Areas (Reorganisation) Act, which converted Meghalaya from an autonomous state within Assam to a full member state of the Indian Union on 21 January 1972. The unicameral legislature was then reconstituted as a directly elected body.
Many legendary leaders like (L) Purno A Sangma (himself a former Lok Sabha Speaker), (L) PR Kyndiah (former Union Minister) and (L) GG Swell (former Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker) were members of the Meghalaya Assembly on quite one occasion.
Purno wont to regale the Lutyens politicians and media with many interesting events within the Meghalaya Assembly during his long carrier within the state polities.
Once, one presiding Chairman gave a ruling while he was lying on the ground during a melee, a traditional scene those times. this is often perhaps the sole case within the history of the country when a presiding Chairman gave a ruling during a sleeping position. He raised his hands while sleeping flat on the stage and said “I now declare the House adjourned.”