E. K. Mawlong

E. K. Mawlong

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E. K. Mawlong Profile

  • Name:
  • E. K. Mawlong
  • Born:
  • February 1, 1946
  • Died:
  • October 18, 2008

E. K. Mawlong Biography

E. K. Mawlong was an Indian politician from the north-east state of Meghalaya. He served as the Chief Minister of Meghalaya during 8 March 2000 - 8 December 2001. He was the founding president of United Democratic Party in Meghalaya. E.K. Mawlong, was forced to resign from office due to scandal involving the construction of the Meghalaya House in Kolkata, and Khonglam, an independent MLA was elected as the new CM, thus creating a new history in Indian politics. He was backed by PA Sangma’s NCP. He lived during the period, 1 February 1946 – 18 October 2008.

 

Evansius Kek Mawlong was born on 1 February 1946 in Mawmih village, East Khasi Hills District, in present-day Meghalaya. He completed his graduation from Shillong in the year 1969. He started his professional career as a teacher and worked at St. Dominic Savio High School for a couple of years. After that he worked for the state Accountant General's office. He married Angelina Riazida Lyngdoh in 1978 and fathered 6 children.

 

His political career began in 1972 soon after he gave up his teaching career. He got elected to the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council as an independent, marking his successful beginning in regional level politics. He joined the Indian National Congress party in 1975, and moved to many senior positions within the party over the years. In 1978 he successfully contested state assembly elections as an independent representing the Umroi constituency. He was appointed Minister of State in the coalition government which lasted only three months.

 

He retained Umroi seat in 1983, 1988 and 1993 state legislative elections. But he represented Hill State People's Democratic Party in all these elections, while he was serving as party’s general secretary. He formed United Democratic Party in 1997. Under his leadership, his party registered major wins including 20 seats in the 1998 Assembly General Elections.

Published: January 10, 2019

Updated: January 10, 2019

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