Former Deputy Chief Minister Standlington D Khongwir, aged 89, breathed his last today at the NEIGRIMHS Hospital. Reportedly, the seasoned politician succumbed to a prolonged illness.
Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma expressed his condolences on social media, saying, “Pained to learn about the demise of Former Deputy Chief Minister, Shri Standlington D Khongwir. Apart from being a seasoned politician, Bah Khongwir was a hands-on leader and was the longest serving Rangbah Shnong of Mawlai Nonglum who showed his dedication to the community till his final days. I extend my deepest condolences to his family and loved ones. May he rest in peace.”
In a show of respect, the Chief Minister visited the residence of Khongwir to pay his respects. The funeral is scheduled to be held on Friday at the Mawlai Nonglum Presbyterian Cemetery.
Born in 1934, Khongwir served as deputy chief minister in the coalition governments led by former chief ministers (Late) Darwin Diengdoh Pugh and (Late) Brington Buhai Lyngdoh.
Representing Mawlai constituency, Khongwir was an MLA for 5 terms (25 years) until he retired from politics in 1998. He served as the Rangbah Shnong for 55 years and later held the position of president of the Mawlai Town Dorbar (MTD) for 35 years.