D. D. Lapang is a politician who is the Chief Minister of Meghalaya. Let’s dive deeper into the life of this veteran politician.
D. D. Lapang or Dr Donwa Dethwelson Lapang is an Indian Politician who is the Chief Minister of Meghalaya. He has served the office four times in his political career. He was born on 10 April 1934, in Nongjri village, Ri Bhoi, Meghalaya, India. He is 84 years old.
He is 5′ 6″ tall and weighs 80 kg. He has black eyes and black hair.
Education & Career
He did his schooling from Shillong Government High School and obtained a degree of Bachelor in Arts from St. Anthony’s College, Shillong. From a very young age, he started working with his mother on her tea stall. He then worked as a road labourer. He did many jobs before becoming a politician. He served as a school teacher for 5 years. He also worked for Assam Civil Secretariat then promoted to Lower Division Assistant as a typist. He also worked as a Sub-Inspector of schools for 10 years. He then joined politics in 1972 contesting in Legislative Assembly Election from Nongpoh L.A. Constituency and even won as MLA. He then served as the Chief Minister of Meghalaya four times. In September 2018, he resigned from the Congress Party and alleged that Indian National Congress don’t treat senior party members nicely.
- 1972: Contested as Independent Candidate in the Legislative Assembly
- Election from Nongpoh L.A. Constituency and won as MLA.
- 1978: Became Minister of State including Cooperation, Jails, Education and Civil Defence.
- 1979: Became Cabinet Minister including Health and Family Welfare, Labour, Information & Public Relations.
- 1988: Deputy Minister of Home.
- 1992-1993: Chief Minister of Meghalaya
- 1993-1995: Chairman State Planning Board
- 1995-1997: Chairman, Commission on Resources Mobilization
- 1998-2003: Served as Deputy Chief Minister
- 2003-2006: Chief Minister of Meghalaya
- 2007-2008: Chief Minister of Meghalaya
- 2009-2010: Chief Minister of Meghalaya
Family & Wife
He was born in a poor family. His father, Donwa War was a tailor and his mother had a tea stall. His father passed away when he was just 5 years old. After his father’s death, he used to help his mother in her tea stall. He married Amethyst Lynda Jomes Blah, a journalist in 1958. They have a son and a daughter.
- He came from a very poor background and it was actually a priest who requested his mother to allow him to take Lapang to a nearby village for his education.
- He used to sell tea in the market of Nongpoh, the constituency from which he was later elected as MLA.