AIZAWL, April 8: Former Mizoram Assembly Speaker and ex-Rajya Sabha ember Hiphei died at a hospital here this morning. 

He was 82 and is survived by his wife and two children. Born in 1937 at Chapui village in Siaha district, Hiphei entered politics in the early 1960s. 

He was elected to the Mizoram UT Assembly from Tuipang (now Palak) constituency and was made the Speaker of the Assembly. 

He got elected seven times from the same seat between 1972 and 2013. He was also elected to the Rajya Sabha for two consecutive terms from 1990 to 2002. 

He served as the Speaker of the Assembly during the tenure of the Congress Government from 2013 to 2018. He resigned from the post of Speaker and quit the Congress before the 2018 elections to join the BJP, and unsuccessfully contested from Palak constituency on a BJP ticket. 

Mizoram Governor PS Sreedharan Pillai has condoled his demise. “During his long and illustrious years of public service, including his stints as a member of the Rajya Sabha, he was a constant beacon that people could depend upon even in the times of darkness. 

A champion of value-based politics, he was a classic example of a person with a difference – an ideal public worker. ...he stood for the cause of the nation as well,” the Governor said.

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