Ex-MLA Thrinimong Sangtam passes away

DIMAPUR, FEB 14 (NPN) | Publish Date: 2/14/2020 12:59:00 PM IST

Thrinimong Sangtam, former MLA and former member of Nagaland Public Service Commission (NPSC), passed away in Tuensang Friday after a brief illness. He was 83.

Born at Alisopur village in Tuensang district in 1937, late Thrinimong after finishing his high school from Government High School, Mokokchung, studied Theology, and obtained degrees of Bachelor of Theology from Eastern Theological College (ETC), Jorhat; Bachelor of Divinity from Serampore College, West Bengal, and Master of Sacred Theology from Yale University, USA.  He worked as a lecturer at ETC, Jorhat for ten years from 1966 to 1976. Later on, he became Member of the Regional Council, Tuensang from 1969 to 1972 and member of NPSC from 1980 to 1986. Subsequently, he joined politics, and was elected Member of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly from 52 Longkhim-Chare Assembly Constituency in 1987 as an independent candidate.  State chief minister, Neiphiu Rio, who led the political leaders, political parties and civil organizations in mourning the demise of late leader, expressed grief and said that the void left by his death would be difficult to fill.

Describing late Sangtam as “a God fearing and learned religious man, who served the people with sincerity and devotion in various capacities,” the chief minster further said that his death was a great loss for the people of Nagaland, particularly for the people of Eastern Nagaland. 

The chief minister, on his behalf and on behalf of the government of Nagaland, conveyed heartfelt condolences to members of the bereaved family and prayed that God grant them peace of mind and mental strength in their hours of bereavement. 

NLA speaker: Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) speaker Sharingain Longkumer expressed deep sadness over the demise of Thrinimong Sangtam and said that his death has caused a great loss to the Nagas in general and the Sangtam Community in particular, adding that the void created would be difficult to fill.

In a condolence message, NLA speaker said late Thrinimong was a Theologian and a devoted man who worked wholeheartedly for the welfare and development of his constituency and for the people of Nagaland.

The Speaker, on his behalf and on behalf of the members of the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly, conveyed heartfelt condolences to Mrs. Thrinimong Sangtam, their children and the other family members. Longkumer also prayed that the Almighty God grant them solace and comfort at this hour of grief.

Dy. CM: State deputy chief minister, Y Patton, expressed deep grief over the demise of former MLA Thrinimong Sangtam, who he described was a contemporary politician among the Nagas.

In a condolence message, Patton said the demise of Thrinimong was not only a huge loss to the Sangtam community but to the Nagas in general.  The deputy chief minister, who is also the Nagaland BJP legislature party leader, on behalf of the BLP leaders, conveyed deepest condolences to the bereaved family members and prayed that the departed soul rest in peace.

NDPP: Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) president Chingwang Konyak mourned the demise of his “old friend” Thrinimong Sangtam.

In a condolence message, Konyak said late Thrinimong’s demise has been a great loss for him personally and also for the Naga society in general and the Eastern Naga people in particular.

NDPP president said he knew Thrinimong since 1969, when the latter became a Member of Regional Council, Tuensang District; and “ever since our lives have been closely intertwined.”

Having a theological background, Konyak said Thrinimong was one of the few Naga leaders who blended Christian ethics in their professions. NDPP chief said Thrinimong stint as member of NPSC, NLA and also general secretary of the erstwhile Tuensang Mon Public Organisation were “testimony to this fact.” 

Stating that late leader possessed a pleasing personality and was an upright person, Konyak said his services have been utilised by the government, Church and society in various capacities, adding that he performed and executed his duties with utter diligence, determination and commitment.

Konyak said his contributions to the society would be remembered by generations to come.

NDPP president, on his behalf and also on behalf of party rank and file convey condolences to the family members of late Thrinimong and prayed to the Almighty to let the departed soul rest in eternal peace.

Ex-PAN: Ex-Parliamentarian’s Association of Nagaland (Ex-PAN) has expressed deepest pain and sorrow over the demise of Thrinimong Sangtam, Ex-MLA.

In a condolence message, Ex-PAN president Joshua Sumi described late Thrinimong as “a sincere and dedicated leader, and above all a devoted husband, father and humble leader.” Ex-PAN said he had committed all his time and energy for the welfare of his constituency. It said that his death was not only a loss to his family members and his constituency but the people of Nagaland. 

Ex-PAN prayed that the Almighty God give solace and comfort to the bereaved family members and rest the departed soul in eternal peace. 

USLP: United Sangtam Likhüm Pümji (USLP) mourned the demise of Thrinimong Sangtam, former MLA Longkhim-Chare A/C and extended condolences to the bereaved family members.

In condolence message, USLP president T. Seopi Sangtam stated that “this is indeed a tremendous loss for the Sangtams to have lost such a leader of high integrity and principle who ceaselessly stood for the voice of the voiceless.”

Stating that late Thrinimong was always helpful and optimistic, USLP said he tirelessly championed for the cause of the underprivileged and his contribution towards Sangtam would be cherished forever.

Further, USLP stated that Sangtams today have lost one of the most dynamic, active and valuable eminent personalities.

USLP prayed that the Almighty would “keep his soul in perfect peace and cause his good work to mankind to follow him and give strength and fortitude to his family at this hour of pain and sorrow.”

SCC Tuensang: Sao Chang College (SCC) Tuensang has expressed grief over the demise of former minister, Thrinimong Sangtam, who was member of college advisory board. 

In his demise, the college said it has lost a prominent personality who contributed immensely towards the welfare of the college. SCC through its media cell said the college fraternity would always remember his dedicated and sincere service to the college. The college also conveyed its deepest condolences to the bereaved family during this hard and difficulty time.


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