"The nation has lost a tall leader and the North-East has lost an important voice," the Congress President Sonia Gandhi said in a message. Sangma along with NCP chief Sharad Pawar and Tariq Anwar had parted ways with Congress in 1999 on the issue of Sonia Gandhi's foreign origin. Gandhi recalled the contribution of Sangma as a public representative, Union Minister, Chief Minister and Speaker of the Lok Sabha.

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