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Nagaland loses two veteran leaders

Nagaland loses two veteran leaders
Lt. Kihoto Hollohon and Lt. Lhiweshelo Mero
DIMAPUR, OCT 15 (NPN) | Publish Date: 10/15/2021 2:21:41 PM IST

Nagaland lost two veteran leaders and former ministers-- Kihoto Hollohon and Lhiweshelo Mero. 

Veteran politician and former minister Kihoto Hollohon (91) born on April 15, 1930, passed away on October 15 at a private hospital in Dimapur after a prolonged illness. Hollohon, who had successfully contested seven times, is survived by three daughters, one son, three sons-in-law, two daughters-in-law, 20 grandchildren, two great-grandsons and his present wife Hozheli Hollohon. Late Kihoto married Vitoli Zhimomi in 1963 but she pre-deceased him in 1996. Funeral service would be held at Grace Home Darogapathar on October 16 at 8am, family sources said. 

Hollohon first contested general elections in 1977 and was successfully elected to the fourth Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) from 34 Aghunato assembly constituency and re-elected from the same constituency in 1982 and 1987. In 1989, 1993 and 2003 general assembly elections, he was elected from 3 Dimapur III A/C. In the 2008 general assembly elections, he was elected from 5 Ghaspani II A/C. He held various portfolios in the state cabinet including excise, social welfare, industries and commerce, food and civil supplies.

After retiring from active politics, he served as the head GB of his ancestral Khukishe village till 2019 and head GB of Daniel village till his last breath.

While studying in Shillong, he joined Naga movement (Naga National Council) sometime in 1948 and subsequently rose to the rank of “brigadier”. On October 20, 1962, he gave up arms along 257 other members and was appointed as an Inspector in the Nagaland Armed Police, but he resigned in 1966. 

Condolences: Nagaland governor Prof. Jagdish Mukhi and chief minister Neiphiu Rio led a host of other leaders and organisations in mourning the demise of former minister Kihoto Hollohon.

In a condolence message, Prof. Mukhi said late Hollohon would be remembered for his relentless and selfless services towards the society. “He was a warm hearted and cheerful human being,” governor said, adding that his contribution to the people of Nagaland would be remembered for many years to come.  Governor on behalf of the people of Nagaland conveyed heartfelt condolences and prayed to God to bestow the needed solace and fortitude to the family members to bear the loss at this hour of pain.

CM: State chief minister Neiphiu Rio expressed deep sadness over the passing of K Hollohon and said that his contributions in the service of the people would always be remembered.

Condolences for K Hollohon

In a condolence message, Rio said described late Hollohon said “a bold, selfless and a strong leader,” who had a big heart. “I have known him for decades and we worked together as colleagues in different governments,” the chief minister said, adding that the Sumi community and the Naga society as a whole have lost a senior and a valuable father figure. “Even as we bid farewell, let us cherish and celebrate his life and treasure the wonderful memories he has left in our hearts,” Rio said and conveyed deepest condolences to the bereaved family members. He prayed that Almighty God grant them comfort and courage to bear the irreparable loss. 

NLA speaker: Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) speaker Sharingain Longkumer expressed deep grief over the passing of K Hollohon and said that throughout seven-term late leader rendered remarkable services to the people of the State. 

In a condolence message, NLA speaker said late K Hollohon, one of the prominent Naga leaders with long years of public service behind him, had made a mark for himself in the public life of the State. 

The speaker also said that late leader’s generosity was a rare quality that distinguished him from others. “He was a tremendous asset to the Sumi community in particular and for the Naga society in general,” Sharingain said and offered sincere condolences to bereaved family on behalf of the members of the 13th NLA.

SH: Sumi Hoho (SH) expressed shock and grief over the demise of late Kihoto Hollohon and said that his demise has created a big vacuum in the society, which would be very hard to fill for a long time to come. 

In a condolence message, SH president Nikheto Jimomi and general secretary Dr. Vihuto Asumi described late Hollohon as “a true patriot and a tall leader” who served the Naga society with full devotion. 

SH said late Hollohon, who started his career as a revolutionary leader and later joined politics, became a distinguished and fatherly figure to the Sumis in particular and Nagas in general. 

The hoho further said that late leader’s God-gifted wisdom and calibre in leading the people would always be remembered and cherished. 

SH prayed that the Almighty God grant solace to the bereaved family in this hour of grief and also prayed that the departed soul rest in eternal peace.

Dy.CM: Condoling the death of Kihoto Hollohon, the deputy chief minister and BLP leader Y Patton said late Hollohon was a father figure to the downtrodden when in office and even after retirement from active public service. 

In a condolence message, Patton said late Hollohon would be remembered by many whose lives he had touched. The deputy chief minister, on behalf of the state BJP legislators, conveyed condolences to the bereaved family and prayed that God comfort them during the hour of grief.

Minister Kaito: Minister agriculture & co-operation G Kaito Aye has expressed deep sadness over the passing Kihoto Hollohon and said that his demise was an irreparable loss for the Nagas.

In a condolence message, Kaito said late Hollohon would be fondly remembered for his significant contribution to the betterment of the lives of the Sumi community and the welfare of the people of Nagaland in general. The minister also said that late Hollohon’s tireless support and involvement towards the development of the state would be cherished, adding that the state, in his demise, has lost a tall leader, a torch bearer and a pathfinder. 

Kaito on behalf of the Sumi Legislators conveyed deepest condolences to the bereaved family and extend prayers for strength and comfort at this hour of grief.

Neiba Kronu: In a condolence message, minister, planning & co-ordination, land revenue, Neiba Kronu said that Hollohon was a veteran statesman who had an outstanding political record for being elected from three different assembly constituencies at different times.

Kronu said what was more impressive was the fact that he had never lost in all the elections he contested and it went to show what “a fine gentleman and an inspiring leader he was who immensely rendered his service for the society in various capacities”.

The minister prayed that God would grant peace and consolation to the bereaved family at this hour of grief.

MP Rajya Sabha: Expressing deep sadness over the demise of K. Hollohon, MP Rajya Sabha K.G. Kenye said that late Hollohon dedicated his whole life for the cause of Naga people in various capabilities and he was a strong Naga nationalist who rose to the rank of brigadier NNC.  

“In his demise the people of Nagaland have lost a renowned leader and a fatherly figure whose void will be difficult to fill again” Kenye said.

The MP extended his deepest condolences to the bereaved family and prayed that the Almighty would grant comfort to all his near and dear ones to endure the loss and grief.

NDPP: Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) expressed grief over the demise of Kihoto Hollohon and said that the Nagas, in his death, had lost a legendary figure. 

NDPP president Chingwang Konyak said late Hollohon’s concern for the Naga people was immense, and was testified by the fact that he enrolled as a co-member of the NNC when he was still a teenager in 1948 when the Naga movement was in its infancy. 

NDPP president said late Hollohon gracefully retired from politics after his seventh success in the electoral contests and had ever since maintained a fatherly figure for many younger aspiring politicians.

Konyak said and conveyed condolences to the bereaved family members on behalf of party rank and file and prayed that the Almighty give them strength and comfort during this difficult time.

NPCC: Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) president, K. Therie has expressed deep pain at the passing away of late K Hollohon.

In a condolence message, Therie said late Hollohon was a strong leader who lived life on his own terms and stood firm on his beliefs. 

Therie said late Hollohon’s commitment to protect, defend and secure the rights of the people would be long remembered in posterity.

In his passing away, NPCC president said, “an irreplaceable void has been created for the people have lost a tall, strong leader who always upheld their interests as the first priority.”

Therie on behalf of rank and file of NPCC offered their condolences and prayed that the Almighty would grant the bereaved family solace.

NPP: National People’s Party (NPP) has expressed shock at the sudden demise of Kihoto Hollohon.

In a condolence message, NPP president Dr. Andrew Ahoto Sema said late Hollohon had an impressive political career and was never defeated in elections.

During his political career in the government of Nagaland in various capacities, Sema said late Hollohon not only brought equitable and inclusive development of Nagaland but also laid emphasis on bringing the north eastern region on the map of progress and development.

With his death, Sema said Nagaland in general and the Sumi community in particular have lost a staunch supporter of human rights and dignity of the Naga People. 

NPP Nagaland paid respect and homage to the departed soul and conveyed profound condolences to the bereaved family members and relatives. 

ENPUD: Eastern Nagaland People’s Union Dimapur (ENPUD) has expressed deep sadness at the passing away of late Kihoto Hollohon, a humble, straightforward and capable leader.

In a condolence message, ENPUD said late Hollohon’s demise was a great loss for the Nagas in general and Sumis in particular and that the voids left behind by him would be hard to fill. 

Further, ENPUD has conveyed heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family members.

NGBF: Nagaland GB Federation (NGBF) in a condolence message said that it was saddened to learn that K. Hollohon was no more.

“He was a great leader in his times, who had closely connected with his people and relationship with all classes of people in the society made him a leader of masses”, the federation said.

Maintaining that he would be remembered for humbleness and his joy of giving to others especially the downtrodden, NGBF said that the people had lost a great human and a charitable leader. 

DPON: Expressing grief over the demise of K. Hollohon, Dimasa Public Organisation Nagaland (DPON) said that he had done a lot for the people of the constituency in general and the people of Dhansiripar sub-division in particular. Dimasa Public Organisation Nagaland  said that late Hollohon was known for his generosity and straight forwardness and as one of the pioneers of the state. DPON said that in his demise, “Nagas have lost a fatherly figure” and that the vacuum created would be difficult to fill.

L Mero passes away: Earlier former minister Lhiweshelo Mero died on October 13, after a prolonged illness in Kohima.

Late Lhiweshelo Mero was elected to the fourth Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) from Pfutsero constituency in 1977 and served a minister of state in-charge of Works & Housing and Jails in 1978.

He was also the president of Naga Students’ Union Darjeeling and vice president of Chakhesang Students’ Union Kohima. Late Mero was also elected as the member of Regional Council, Pfutsero and joined state politics in 1977..

Condolences: Nagaland governor Prof. Jagdish Mukhi, chief minister Neiphiu Rio, NLA speaker Sharingain Longkumer and deputy CM Y. Patton, among others condoled the demise of former minister Lhiweshelo Mero.

Gov: In a condolence message, governor Mukhi said he was pained to learn about the demise of Lhiweshelo Mero, who passed away on October 13.

He said late Mero was a visionary leader who, under the most adverse circumstances, worked untiringly and selflessly for building a peaceful and prosperous Nagaland. His contribution to the people of Nagaland in various assignments will be remembered for ever, Mukhi stated. 

Stating that the state has lost a tall and prominent leader, Mukhi, on behalf of the people of Nagaland and on his own behalf, conveyed heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and prayed to God to grant them solace at this hour of grief and for the soul to rest in eternal peace.

CM: State chief minister Neiphiu Rio said he was  deeply pained to hear about the demise of Lhiweshelo Mero. Rio said that late Mero was a person who selflessly served the society from a young age. Apart from being a tall leader, he was a jovial and a bumble gentleman with a big heart, who cared much for the society’s welfare, Rio said. 

In his demise, Rio said that the Chakhesang community in particular and the Naga society as a whole have lost a visionary leader, a mentor and a father figure. Rio, along with his family, conveyed deepest condolences to the bereaved family and prayed that Almighty God grant them comfort and strength to bear the irreparable loss and or the departed soul to rest in eternal peace.

NLA Speaker: NLA speaker Sharingain Longkumer expressed pain to hear about the demise of Lhiweshelo Mero. Sharingain said that late Mero was a very humble and a dedicated man who worked tirelessly for the welfare and development of his constituency and for the people of Nagaland. 

Condolences for Lhiweshelo Mero

His contributions shall always be cherished, he added. On behalf of the members of the 13th NLA and on his own behalf, Sharingain expressed heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.

CPO: Chakhesang Public Organisation (CPO) expressed deep pain and mourned the demise of a patriarch Lhiweshelo Mero, ex-minister, who breathed his last on October 13, at Bethel Hospital, Kohima. 

In his demise, CPO president Mikha Kenye and general secretary Veduvo Rhakho said that the Chakhesang community has lost a great soul, who exhibited exemplary quality of leadership to be emulated by both young and old. 

CPO said his contributions towards community service and development activities were commendable which will be always remembered. CPO conveyed deepest condolences to the bereaved family members.

Dy.CM: Taking to twitter, deputy CM Y. Patton expressed sadness over the demise of Lhiweshelo Mero. 

“During this time of utmost grief, my condolences go out to the bereaved family. May his soul rest in peace!,” Patton tweeted.

Minister Kronu: Minister planning and co-ordination, land revenue, parliamentary affairs, Neiba Kronu has expressed deep sadness at the demise of Lhiweshelo Mero.

Kronu described late Mero as an exceptional and distinguished figure who was respected by all. “He was a mentor, a dedicated public leader and a humble God fearing person who dedicated his entire life of his community,” read the message. 

In his demise, Kronu said Nagas had lost a noble and dynamic leader who was an inspiration to all the Nagas. He prayed that the Lord would bring much needed peace to the bereaved family members.

MP Rajya Sabha: Expressing grief over the demise of Lhiweshelo Mero, MP Rajya Sabha, K.G. Kenye said that Nagaland had lost a tall leader, a prominent citizen and a fatherly figure whose void would be difficult to fill.

“His exemplary life and contributions towards the well-being of our people will remain a testimony for all times to come”, Kenye said. The MP conveyed condolences to the bereaved family and prayed that the Almighty would grant them comfort.

NPCC: Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) president K Therie has expressed deep pain to learn the passing away L. Mero, ex-minister.

Therie said late Mero was not only his friend but a brother to him and that they knew each other since school days and travelled together living in the political arena.

Therie described late Mero as a good human being and a tall leader and said that in his passing away, Nagas have lost a leader who had yet much to contribute to society.

Further, Therie prayed that the Almighty grant solace to the bereaved family through this painful hour of parting.

Thenucho Tunyi: Former speaker NLA, Thenucho Tunyi has expressed sadness to have learnt about the passing of his dear friend and colleague, Lhiweshielo Mero.

Describing Lhiweshielo as a seasoned politician who always had concern for the development of the community, Thenucho said that for those who knew him personally, Lhiweshielo was a self-contended politician who had left behind a legacy of an exemplary leader.

“Under his able leadership, he contributed significantly for the development of the community, particularly in Pfutsero constituency and Phek district”, he further stated.

Maintaining that the people had lost a seasoned politician and a good human being in his passing, Thenucho extended his condolences to the bereaved family and prayed that the Almighty would grant them comfort.

 

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