Gov, CM lead the state in mourning

DIMAPUR, AUG 16 (NPN) | Publish Date: 8/16/2018 12:51:27 PM IST

Nagaland governor, PB, Acharya, and chief minister, Neiphiu Rio, today led the state in mourning and paying rich tribute to former prime minister of India, late Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who passed away at AIIMS hospital, New Delhi where he was admitted on June 11 with a variety of ailments.

In his condolence message, Acharya described late Atal Bihari Vajpayee, as a Statesman, great human being, a poet at heart, an extraordinary orator and an outstanding parliamentarian. “He personified a true Indian leader,” Acharya said.

Governor said he was fortunate and blessed as party worker to have close contact and had guidance for a long period of 20 years with late Vajpayee.

Recalling Vajpayee as a renowned poet, Acharya said former prime minister wrote with regard to his poetry, “My poetry is a declaration of war, not an exordium to defeat. It is not the defeated soldier’s drumbeat of despair, but the fighting warrior’s will to win. It is not the dispirited voice of dejection but the stirring shout of victory.”

In his passing away, the governor said the nation has lost a statesman, a great human being, a poet, tall leader and above all a patriot. 

The governor, on behalf of the people of Nagaland and on his own behalf, offered homage to the great soul and condole his death. He further prayed that the departed soul rest in peace. 

CM: Expressing deep suddenness over the demise of former Prime Minister of India, Atal Behari Vajpayee, the chief minister, Neiphiu Rio, said late Vajpayee was a towering personality of modern India and would be remembered as one of the most popular Prime Ministers of the country. 

In his condolence message, Rio said India has lost one of its great sons and the entire nation is bereaved.

He said people of Nagaland have a special place for the former prime minister in their hearts. In October 2003, during his three-day visit to Nagaland, Rio said the then prime minister made a historic statement at Kohima, which he said was “a defining moment in the relationship between Nagas and the rest of the country.”

According to chief minister, the former prime minister stated that “It is true that, of all the States in India, Nagaland has a unique history. We are sensitive to this historical fact”. He further said, “We do not wish to impose any external customs on you. India has a long tradition of tolerating diverse customs and ways of life. You have nothing to fear”. In the same address, Vajpayee said, “I wish to assure you on another score, India is a secular nation, both because of our Constitution and, more importantly, because of our civilizational ethos. As you know, India is home to all faiths in the world. India has respected and protected all faiths.” 

Rio stated that such an approach and such reassuring statements won the hearts of the Naga people and greatly contributed towards taking the peace process forward. Rio recalled that former prime minister also had a serious concern for the development of Nagaland with the announcement of the Prime Minister’s package for development of Nagaland and for empowerment of the youth. 

During his visit, Rio said the then prime minister spent three days in Nagaland and interacted with all sections of the people late into every night. “His visit is still remembered in a fond manner and I can say with confidence that late Vajpayee was largely responsible for making Nagas have trust and confidence with the rest of the country at a crucial juncture,” he said.

The chief minister said Vajpayee’s visit resulted in a generous economic package, the launching of mobile telecommunications and most importantly positive confidence building measures in the “Indo-Naga” political scenario. “Late Atal Behari Vajpayee will remain as one of our favorite Prime Ministers. I looked up to him in every way and was privileged to have worked under his leadership during one of the most exciting times of our nation’s journey,” Rio said.

While the nation is saddened by his demise, Rio said it was also an occasion to celebrate the life of Late Atal Behari Vajpayee, who was a towering leader and a shining star who stood tall and served the nation with everything he had. 

He said Nagaland joins the rest of the country in bereavement and in paying respect to the departed leader. “Even as we pray to Almighty God to let his soul rest in peace, we rededicate ourselves in carrying out the beliefs and principles of late Vajpayee in our everyday lives,” Rio stated.

Dy.CM: State deputy chief minister, Y Patton, who is also the leader BJP legislature party, on behalf of all BJP legislators and the entire BJP Karyakartas, has expressed grief and conveyed condolences over the demise of three-time Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee on August 16 at AIIMS New Delhi.

In his condolence message, Patton said late Vajpayee won the hearts of the Nagas when he recognised the “unique history” of the Nagas during his visit to Kohima in October 2003. 

Describing the late leader as an outstanding parliamentarian, master orator, poet and a liberal, the deputy chief minister said Vajpayee was also remembered for announcing special package for Nagaland and launching mobile services in the state. “Vajpayee will be fondly remembered by the Naga people,” Patton said. He said stated that late Vajpayee’s contributions to the BJP was immense and the party feels the deep void left by his demise. He said the vacuum created would be difficult to fill.

Joining the nation in mourning the demise of Vajpayee, Patton prayed for the departed soul to rest in peace.

NSCN(I-M): NSCN (I-M) through its MIP has expressed deep sorrow over the demise of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, former Prime Minister of India. 

NSCN (I-M) described former prime minister as a great leader who could understand the Nagas and committed to finding an honourable settlement of Naga problem. “It was during his leadership the unique history and situation of the Nagas was officially recognized by the Government of India on July 11, 2002,” it stated.

Paying profound homage to the departed soul, NSCN (I-M) said he would be ever remembered for his valuable contribution towards resolving the political problem of the Nagas. “It is indeed a great loss not only for India but also for Naga people and the world,” NSCN (I-M) said.

Further, NSCN (I-M) prayed that the Almighty God grant eternal rest to the departed soul and give solace to the bereaved family.

NDPP: Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) has expressed grief over the demise of former Prime Minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

In a condolence message, NDPP president, Chingwang Konyak, said late Vajpayee’s illustrious journey as a poet, writer, politician and three-time Prime Minister of India culminated with the Nation’s highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna, which was conferred on him in 2015. 

Konyak said Vajpayee was a shrewd politician who minced no words, yet at the same time behaved with impeccable discipline, giving respect and due regard to all adversaries, both inside and outside Parliament, which won him the hearts of the entire Nation.

NDPP president said Vajpayee’s life inspired and impacted not only country men and women, but internationally, adding that his legacy will continue to live through the footprints and benchmarks he leaves behind.

He also said that late Vajpayee was a dear friend of the Naga people, who understood the uniqueness of Naga history and never hesitated to ensure that the Nagas were never left wanting. “His demise is a loss for all Nagas, as we have lost a friend, a mentor and a leader,” Konyak said.

NDPP president, on behalf of the party and all its rank and file, deeply mourned the demise and expressed deepest condolences to the family and prayed that the departed soul rest in eternal peace.

BJP state unit: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Nagaland state unit has deeply mourned the demise of Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

In a condolence message, BJP Nagaland state unit president, Temjen Imna Along, said late Vajpayee’s historic visit to Nagaland in 2003 would stay etched forever in the annals of Naga history. 

BJP state unit said it was through Vajpayee’s recognition of the “uniqueness of political identity and history of the Nagas” that gave impetus and meaning to the Naga political process and also for maintaining a peaceful “Indo-Naga relationship.”

Further, BJP state unit said Nagas would remember Vajpayee for recognising and acknowledging the political history of the Nagar as unique. 

The party also said former prime minister’s death has left a huge void in Indian politics, adding that the vision he had for India and the democratic ideals would continue to bind India together. 

BJP state unit president, on behalf of the party and all its rank and file, expressed deepest sympathy and condolences. 

NEEC JD(U): Expressing shock over the demise of Atal Biharii Vajpayee, the North East Executive Council (NEEC) Janata Dal (U) described late Vajpayee as one of the most dynamic prime ministers of India who had served the country with unflinching love for democracy and utmost grace. 

In a condolence message, NEEC JD(U) chairman Senchumo (NSN) Lotha and co-ordinator Afaqueji Ahmad Khan said late Vajpayee had unwavering support for secularism and he fondly loved the people of northeast and took up various initiatives for the welfare of its people. 

For Nagaland, they said he was greatly remembered for having journeyed by road from Dimapur to Kohima despite medical conditions. They said he was the only prime minister who had announced the biggest numbers of various packages for Nagaland.

NEEC JD(U) expressed its deepest condolences to all the dear and near ones of late Vajpayee and prayed for his soul to rest in peace.

NPP: National People’s Party Nagaland has expressed deep sorrow at the demise of former Prime Minister A.B. Vajpayee in New Delhi Thursday evening.

State NPP president Ato Yepthomi, in a message described A.B.Vajpayee as a kind hearted soul who understood the nation’s diverse race and cultures. In his death, India has lost its most popular and respected leader, he said.

BJYM Nagaland state: State BJYM president, Benjamin Yeputhomi and party members have expressed sadness over the demise of former prime Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who they described as “great hero of Indian political arena and a great political thinker”.

BJYM Nagaland state said late Vajpayee never reacted sharply on his critical political opponents and was never tired of serving the great nation. 

It said all the party workers were saddened over his demise and extended heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and prayed for the departed soul to rest in peace. 


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