M.Vero, first Naga MP(RS), ex-minister dies

M.Vero, first Naga MP(RS), ex-minister dies
Late M Vero
DIMAPUR, JAN 24 (NPN) | Publish Date: 1/24/2020 12:00:02 PM IST

Melhupra Vero, the first Rajya Sabha MP from Nagaland and also recipient of Padma Shri in 2006, passed away at around 7 am in Walford Colony, Dimapur Friday. He was 86. He is survived by his wife Kerele Vero , one son and one daughter, nine grandchildren and one great grandson. According to sources, a memorial service for late Vero will be held at Agri-Expo Dimapur Saturday at 9 a.m. and later the body will be taken via Kohima, Zuketsa, Pfutsero, Chesezu, and Runguzu. Late Vero will be laid to rest at his native village of Runguzu under Chatheba sub division in Phek district on Sunday.

Late Vero was the first Naga Rajya Sabha member having served two terms- March 18,1964 to April 2,1968 then from April 3,1968 to April 2,1974. He was Elected to Nagaland Legislative Assembly from NNO Party Ticket, representing 19th- Phek A/C in 1974. He was re-elected to Nagaland Legislative Assembly in 1989 from Chozuba A/C and became a Cabinet Minister. He was appointed as Chairman of the Liaison Committee of the Naga Hoho on October 31, 1995. He was elected as the first President of the Naga Hoho from 1998-2004.

 As president of Naga Hoho, late Vero undertook tours in Nagaland and neighbouring states including Kathmandu, Bangladesh border, Myanmar and Atlanta (USA) for reconciliation among Naga national political groups. 

Condolences from Gov, CM and others 

Condolences were received from Governor of Nagaland R.N.Ravi including chief minister Neiphiu Rio, Dy. chief minister Y. Patton as well as scores of other leaders and organisations.

Gov: Governor of Nagaland R.N. Ravi in his condolence message, expressed shock at the demise of Padma Shree Melhupra Vero at Dimapur on Friday. Ravi said late Vero served society under various capacities such as Rajya Sabha MP, minister of the government of Nagaland, president Naga Hoho and that in his death, the state has lost a dedicated and sincere public leader. 

CM: Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio in his condolence message, described late Melhupra as a “political giant and popular political leader” , full of life, blessed with wit and a great sense of humour. Rio also said late Melhupra had a good knowledge about the glorious history and culture of the Nagas. 

Rio also said he found late Vero as a “ very warm and positive person”, who was always concerned for the welfare of Nagas and whose indomitable Naga sprit was the driving force behind his selfless service to the people. He also said late Vero had rendered invaluable service towards resolution of the decades-old Naga political issue and whose manifold services to the Naga people can never be forgotten. Rio expressed condolence on behalf of the state government, himself and his family and prayed that the Almighty God grant the bereaved family solace at their hour of grief.

Dy. CM: Deputy chief minister Y. Patton said he was saddened by the demise of Padma Shree Melhupra Vero ex-MP and former president of Naga Hoho in Dimapur on Friday. In his condolence message, Patton described late Vero as “an efficient parliamentarian” and a highly regarded social activist who dedicated his time in serving the Naga people through difficult times. Patton said that in the demise of late Vero, the state has lost a visionary and selfless leader whose absence would be felt dearly. Patton expressed condolences to the family on his behalf and also on behalf of BJP legislators. 

NLA: NLA Speaker-in-charge Sharingain Longkumer, in a condolence message to Mrs. Kerele Losou the wife of late M.Vero and children, on his behalf and on behalf of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly, described the former two-time MP, ex-MLA and former minister as “ a dynamic public leader who dedicated his life for the welfare of the Naga people.” Sharaingain said late Vero was a role model of hard work, commitment and selfless service for the benefit of the people . He said in the death of late Vero, the state has lost a committed leader while the Nagas in general and Chakhesangs in particular would greatly feel the loss.

NSCN (I-M): Yaruiwo of NSCN/GPRN Q. Tuccu expressed shock at the demise of ex-MP and Padmashree Melhupra Vero on Friday. In his message, Tuccu described late Vero as “ a stalwart Naga public leader” who left no stone unturned to show his love and concern for the Naga issue by appealing to Naga national groups to “reconcile through the spirit of forgive and forget.”

Tuccu said late Vero toured far-off places like Kathmandu, Bangladesh border, Myanmar, Atlanta (USA) and Bangkok . Late Vero was thus a familiar figure when it came to Naga issue as he never wavered in his effort to bring Naga unity for hastening Naga political solution, said Tuccu. He also said, as founder president of Naga Hoho, late Vero proved himself as a man for the Nagas when he also undertook extensive tours in Nagaland, neighbouring states and shuttling between Kohima and Delhi.

Tuccu said that in view of late Vero’s “high profile credentials as a Naga leader” the Nagas in general and GPRN in particular, would remember his unblemished leadership and dedicated service to the Nagas. In his condolence message to the bereaved family, Tuccu said GPRN salute “this great man of Nagas” who died after giving his best for the Nagas and prayed that God would grant them solace in their hour of grief and peace to the departed.

Neiba Kronu: Expressing his sadness at Vero’s death, State planning & co-ordination, land revenue and parliamentary affairs minister Neiba Kronu described him as one of the pioneers and a great leader from Chakhesang community who immensely rendered his service to the society in various capacities, both as a politician and social worker. 

Kronu said Vero served as member of Indo-Naga Peace Mission in 1956-57 and represented Nagaland as its first member in Rajya Sabha (1964-74). Later in 1974, he was elected to Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) from Phek, before re-elected from Chozuba A/C and inducted as a cabinet minister in 1989. He served as president of Chakhesang Public Organisation in 1982-84, besides being the first president of Naga Hoho (1998-2004). 

“Today we have lost a noble, honest and dynamic leader who was an inspiration to all the Nagas. I express my deepest condolence to the bereaved family at this moment of grief. May his soul rest in peace,” the minister said.

KG Kenye: Rajya Sabha member KG Kenye too expressed his sorrow at the demise of Vero. Describing him as an honest and straight forward leader, he said the former MP had offered his selfless service for the cause of Naga people in different capacities. And with his departure, the Naga people had lost a tall leader and a fatherly figure, he added.

Kenye, along with his family members, conveyed his deepest condolences to the bereaved family members and prayed that the departed soul rest in eternal peace.

Therie: NPCC president K.Therie in his condolence message, touched on several aspects of late Vero with whom he shared a close relationship both through family as well as politics. Therie described late Vero as a peaceful man who never saw any problem as too difficult . Therie said he valued late Vero’s advice with whom he shared many issues. He said once late Vero was a man of conviction who was never afraid of even standing alone for his beliefs. Late Vero was a “committed Congress voter” till ill health overcame him, said Therie. He also said late Vero’s biggest disappointment was in not being able to bring all Naga national workers together during his last tenure as Naga Hoho president. In his condolence message to Mrs Vero and children, Therie said he owed much to late Melhupra for what he is today. 

CHK: Chakhesang Hoho Kohima, said it deeply mourned the demise of Padmashree Melhüpra Vero, in Dimapur on Friday at the age of 87. It described late Vero as “one of the tallest Naga leaders hailing from Chakhesang community.” CHK said late Vero was the first Naga Rajya Sabha MP for two terms(1964-74) and also former Naga Hoho president. CHK president Theja Therieh and publicity & Inf secretary Pfuche Koza recalled that late Vero , son of late Poswuyi Vero of Rünguzu village Phek district, was elected to 19 Phek A/C in 1974 and in 1986 became a cabinet minister after being elected to Chozuba A/C. CHK said late Vero lived for the welfare of the people and contributed immensely to Naga society in general and Chakhesangs in particular. It said though late Vero was no more, his legacy would remain. The CHK expressed condolences to the bereaved family members and prayed that the Almighty God grant eternal rest to the departed.

CBCC: President Chakhesang Baptist Church Council (CBCC) Rev. Dr. Dingukenye and executive secretary Rev. Khrotso Mero, in a condolence message, at its 16th annual session at Leshemi Baptist Church, paid tributes to late Melhupra Vero. CBCC said late Vero was one of the pioneering leaders among Chakhesangs whose leadership was recognised in the state and national politics. The CBCC said late Vero was an accomplished leader who richly contributed for the uplift of the socio-economic development of society. Conveying condolences to the family, CBCC said the Chakhesang community has lost a great leader and faithful figure and the vacuum caused by the passing away of late Vero will be difficult to fill. 

NDPP: NDPP president and former MP Chingwang Konyak said he was grieved to learn about the sudden demise of his “very good friend” Vero. He said they both had been closely associated since the days of NNO in late 1960s and later in Congress party. 

“I have numerous fond memories of us together as young men in our mid 30s – full of josh and enthusiasm to serve the people. I found him to be a jovial and kind-hearted person ready to sacrifice his personal comforts for the cause of the society,” he added. 

He said that the loss of a personal friend whose entire family had been so close to him for so many decades and the fact that he was unable to call on him when he wasn’t feeling well in recent times made his bereavement much more mournful and hard to bear.

Konyak said the rank and file of NDPP joined him and his family members in conveying their deepest sorrow and grief to Vero and his near and dear ones, and prayed to the Almighty to grant them solace and comfort at this hour of grief.

They also prayed to the Almighty to receive the departed soul with open arms and to let him rest in eternal peace. 

NCD: Expressing its grief at Vero’s death, Naga Council Dimapur (NCD) said it lost an extraordinary person who showed skills of leadership, great determination and still had more to offer. 

Mentioning that the veteran leader had been a well-known and respected person, the council in a statement issued by its president T Bangerloba said he would be remembered as an extremely pleasant and effective leader, whose legacy would serve as an example to all to persist in the pursuit of progress.

PHN: Poumai Hoho Nagaland (PHN) too expressed sadness over the demise of Naga Hoho’s first president

PHN stated that Vero rendered his valuable services to the society in various capacities as a politician – as the first Naga Hoho president, first Rajya Sabha member from Nagaland and former State cabinet minister. 

Terming his death as a great loss for the Nagas, the hoho said his immense contribution for the Naga society would be ever remembered. It conveyed its deepest condolence to the bereaved family members and prayed that the departed soul rest in eternal peace.

NMA: Naga Mothers’ Association (NMA) too expressed deep grief and sorrow at the demise of Vero, whom it described as an upright man and a true remarkable Naga leader who devoted his life for the society. He was a man who had deep concern for the younger generation and understood and encouraged women leaders to create space within the Naga society, it added. 

“From whatever we have known, he was a man far beyond his times, an unparalleled personality and a charismatic leader,” the association said in a statement. 

NMA extended its deepest condolences to the bereaved and prayed that Almighty God grant him eternal rest and peace, while giving strength and solace to members of his family at the time of grief and sorrow.



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