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Host of leaders attend late Nungshizenba’s funeral

(L-R) Dr. S.C. Jamir and Neiphiu Rio paying tributes at the funeral service of Lt. Nungshizenba Longkumer in Dimapur on Tuesday. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, NOV 30 (NPN):
Published on 1 Dec. 2010 12:11 AM IST
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Cutting across party lines and tribe, a host of public leaders, government officials and many others attended the funeral service of Congress MLA late I Nungshizenba Longkumer on Tuesday. Rich floral tributes were paid to the departed leader during the funeral which was held at his Dimapur residence.
Expressing deep shock over the demise, chief minister Neiphiu Rio asserted that the state has lost a worthy son of the soil. Describing late Nungshizenba as a straight forward, large hearted and out spoken person, Rio averred that the late MLA was deeply rooted with the Naga culture and yet modern at the same time.
Recollecting the earlier days, Rio said that they worked together for many years as colleagues and was fortunate to know him personally.
Rio also further described him as a leader who was always at ease with the rural people and also within the corridors of power.
Maintaining that the late MLA was one of the pioneers in Naga entrepreneurship, Rio pointed out that late Nungshi rose purely on his din of hard work.
While expressing condolences to the bereaved family members on behalf of the state government, Rio also informed that the governor Nikhil Kumar could not attend the funeral due to ill health.
The governor’s eulogy, which was read out by chief secretary Lalthara, expressed condolence to the bereaved family members and asserted that the state has lost a prominent leader.
Paying rich tributes to the departed leader, former Maharashtra governor Dr S C Jamir described the late MLA as a person who had elements of commitments, dedication and conviction imbibed in him.
Dr Jamir informed that it was late Nungshizenba who replaced him from 26 Aonglenden constituency after he was nominated to the Rajya Sabha in 1987 and had never lost since then. He also averred that the late MLA was committed to the ideology same as his and was loyal to the party and compassionate to the people.
CLP Leader Tokheho Yepthomi in his message affirmed that the death of the MLA has left a vacuum not only in the party and NLA but Naga society as whole. He also described late Nungshi as a person with dignity, competence and responsibility.
The others who spoke at the funeral included the MLA’s relatives, NLA speaker K Peseyie, representatives from Ao Senso Telongjem Dimapur, Ongpangkong Senso Telongjem Dimapur, Darogapathar Village Council and Ungma Senso Telongjem Dimapur. Condolence messages from various associations were also read out during the service.

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