Ex-minister Imtilemba passes away

Ex-minister Imtilemba passes away
Late Imtilemba
DIMAPUR, FEB 13 (NPN) | Publish Date: 2/13/2020 1:07:46 PM IST

Former minister Imtilemba Sangtam passed away on Thursday here at CIHSR (Referral Hospital) Dimapur after a brief illness. He was 66 and survived by his wife, son, daughter in law and two grandchildren.

According to family members, a send off programme will be held on February 14 11 a.m. at his residence-- 5th Mile Model Village and the body will be taken to his native village Chimonger, where he will be laid to rest on February 15. Late Imtilemba represented 52-Longkhim-Chare constituency.
Rio, others condole
Rio:  Nagaland chief minister, Neiphiu Rio expressed deep sorrow over the untimely demise of former minister Imtilemba Sangtam at Dimapur. 
In a condolence message, Rio said late Imtilemba, who was a colleague and a close friend, was a sincere government servant, prominent politician and public leader who had a genuine concern for the people, especially the weaker sections of society. He had contributed immensely to the socio-political advancement of Nagaland, especially for Eastern Nagaland areas, Rio added. 
Recalling his association with Imtilemba, Rio said both of them had worked together during two different terms. He had a friendly personality and was always good natured and made friends across the political spectrum and was loved by all. His demise was a great loss to the people of Nagaland, and the void created by his death will be difficult to fill, Rio stated. 
Rio conveyed heartfelt condolences to bereaved family and prayed that God grant them solace and strength in their hours of bereavement and for the soul to rest in peace.
NLA speaker: Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) speaker Sharingain Longkumer has deeply mourned the demise of A Imtilemba, Ex-MLA and former Minister.
In a condolence message, NLA speaker described late Imtilemba as a hard-working and a devoted man who worked sincerely for the welfare and uplift of his Constituency and for the people of Nagaland.
Longkumer said Imtilemba’s death has caused a great loss to the Nagas in general and the Sangtam community in particular, adding that the void created by him would be difficult to fill.
The speaker, on his behalf and on behalf of the Members of the 13th NLA, conveyed heartfelt condolences to Mrs. A. Imtiiemba, their children and the other family members. Longkumer prayed that the Almighty God grant solace and comfort to the bereaved family at this hour of grief.
Dy. CM: State deputy chief minister, Y Patton, expressed great sorrow over the demise of former minister Imtilemba Sangtam and conveyed his “deepest condolences” to the bereaved family at this difficult time and prayed that his soul rests in eternal peace.
In a condolence message, Patton described late Imtilemba as “a distinguished leader and an outstanding public figure”, who worked for the well being of the people of his constituency and the state for long years. 
Deputy CM said that the faith and reliance that people had on him was a testimony of his unwavering character and sincerity. Patton said late Imtilemba would continue “to live in the midst of us through his good deeds, and his service to the people will never be forgotten.”
Zeliang condoles Imtilemba & T. Tali: Opposition NPF leader, T.R. Zeliang expressed deep pained to learn about the untimely demise of his former colleagues and good friends-- T. Tali and Imtilemba Sangtam. 
Zeliang said late. Tali was a gentle and a kind soul. Having spent so many years together as a colleague and a friend, he had been a source of inspiration for in many fields, Zeliang added. 
He described late Tali as an outspoken man who life’s journey, in serving Nagas as a bureaucrat and as a politician was a success story. “His 5 terms as a member of Nagaland Legislative Assembly is testimony to the kind of capability he possessed,” he said. 
In his demise, the people of Nagaland have lost a great soul and the void that he has left behind will be difficult to fill, Zeliang stated.
Recalling his association with late Imtilemba, who had successfully contested the elections for two terms, Zeliang said late Imtilemba was a humble man who understood the pain of his people and the Nagas at large. His persona was marked by patience and maturity while dealing with any crucial issue at hand, he said. His demise was a great loss to the people of his area and the Nagas in general, Zeliang stated.
Zeliang prayed that God grant peace and solace to the bereaved family members of  T. Tali and Imtilemba Sangtam.
Muthingnyuba Sangtam: NPF legislator 52- Longkhim-Chare A/c, Muthingnyuba Sangtam
expressed shock and pain on hearing about the demise of Imtilemba Sangtam. 
Muthingnyuba said late Imtilemba steadfastly stood for the upliftment and empowerment of the Sangtam community and the Eastern Naga people as a whole. The vacuum created by his death will be difficult to fill, he added. 
On behalf of the people of Longkhim-Chare A/c, Muthingnyuba conveyed heartfelt condolences and prayed that God almighty would grant his wife and family the strength to endure this difficult time and for the departed soul rest in peace.
NDPP: Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) president Chingwang Konyak has expressed shock over the demise of his “good friend” Imtilemba Sangtam. 
In a condolence message, Konyak said he had personally known late leader for a long time since his younger days and had always been impressed with his concern about Eastern Naga brethren. NDPP chief said that late Imtilemba played a pioneering role in cementing social and cultural relations among the Eastern Naga tribes since his college years. Konyak said he had also played a crucial part in the formation of the present-day Eastern Naga Public Organisation, “an organisation he loved, nurtured and cherished, and remained an Advisor to it till his last breath.” 
Konyak said his concern for the Eastern Naga people led him to foray into electoral politics.
In his demise, NDPP chief said the Naga people in general, and the Eastern Naga Tribes in particular, have lost a towering leader, adding that the vacuum his death has created would not be possible to be filled. 
NDPP president in behalf of the party rank and file convey heartfelt condolences and deepest sorrows to the bereaved family members and prayed that the departed soul rest in eternal peace. 
NPCC: Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) president K. Therie has expressed shock over the demise of A. Imtilemba Sangtam and said that the void caused by his passing away would be difficult to fill.
In a condolence message, NPCC president K. Therie described late Imtilemba as “a strong and reliable leader” who worked tirelessly for the uplift of his people. Resigning from comfortable post, Therie said he gave himself for the service of the people whom he put first.
NPCC president said the loss would be felt by not only his family members and Community but also by the people of the state. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his bereaved wife, children and family members through this difficult hour of grief,” Therie said.
Offering deepest condolences on behalf of party rank and file, NPCC president prayed that the Almighty God comfort the bereaved family all through this time of painful parting. 
USLP: United Sangtam Likhüm Pümji (USLP) expressed its deep pain and sorrow over the demise of Imtilemba Sangtam and extended condolences to the bereaved family members.
In a condolence message, USLP president T Seopi Sangtam said that in his death Sangtams have lost one of the most emblematic and captivating political figures.
USLP stated that late Imtilemba Sangtam was an articulate leader who made a lasting contribution to Sangtam community and Nagas in general. It said that late Imtilemba was a seasoned leader who contributed immensely to building the society for a just cause. 
USLP stated his legacy would stand as an example to “all of us to persist in our pursuit of progress.”
USLP prayed that the Almighty grand peace and solace to the bereaved family and the departed soul rest in eternal peace.
Ex-PAN: Ex-Parliamentarian’s Association of Nagaland (Ex-PAN) has expressed deep grief over the demise of A Imtelemba Sangtam, former minister of Nagaland and said that his death was not only a loss to his family members and his constituency but a loss to all the Nagas.
In a condolence message, Ex-PAN president Joshua Sumi described late Imtilemba as “a sincere and dedicated leader” and said that he was a good friend, a loving husband and father and an efficient and humble leader. 
Ex-PAN prayed that the Almighty God give solace and comfort to the bereaved family members and rest the departed soul in eternal peace.
ENNWU: Eastern Naga National Workers Union (ENNWU), NSCN/GPRN has expressed “deepest shock” over at the sudden demise of former minister Imtilemba Sangtam and said his death was a great loss to Eastern Nagaland People’s Organization (ENPO) in particular and the Nagas in general, adding that the vacuum created by his demise would be difficult to fill. 
In a condolence message, ENNWU convener and member collective leadership NSCN, Moba Chang, said late Imtilemba’s “selfless service” for the Naga people would be remembered in the history of the Nagas. ENNWU further extended condolences to the bereaved family members and prayed that “the Almighty God receive his soul to rest in eternal peace.”

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