He said while inducting the platinum jubilee celebration of the Assam legislative assembly, “I remain deeply indebted to the people of Assam. I was born in a distant and dusty village in a part of this sub-continent that is no longer in India. At a tender age I became homeless and a migrant. It is in Assam that I have finally found a home that has given me a sense of belonging. The friendship, the affection and the warmth that each one of you has so readily extended to me is something I cannot and will not ever forget.”
Singh has been a Rajya Sabha member from Assam for the 4th straight term since 1991. Since then, he has also been a tenant of ex-chief minister Hiteswar Saikia. He pays a monthly rent of a little more than Rs. 700 to Saikia’s widow Hemoprova Saikia for a duplex in the Sarumotoria locality.
Ironically, the Meghalaya legislative assembly too had to shift after a major fire condensed it to residue in January 2001. The assembly of the hill state now functions out of a heritage building where Nobel laureate spent his holidays.