Condolences on demise of Lungbe ex-MLA

DIMAPUR, NOV 27 (NPN) | Publish Date: 11/27/2020 11:39:46 AM IST

Nagaland chief minster Neiphiu Rio has expressed pain on learning of the passing away of Lungbe Meru former MLA of 7 Peren A/C at CIHSR Dimapur on November 27.

In his condolence message to the bereaved family, Rio said late Lungbe served as CO at Peren before joining politics and became the first elected MLA from 7 Peren A/C. He said late Lungbe had genuine concern for the Naga political issue when he along with 11 other MLAs of Democratic Party of Nagaland (DPN) resigned from the house for solution to the issue. 

Apart of politics, Rio said late Lungbe was also actively involved in church activities and served as head deacon besides a member committee involved with translation of the Bible into Zeme dialect. Further, he said late Lungbe played a pivotal role in establishing the Zeme Baptist Church Dimapur.

Rio said the demise of late Lungbe has created a huge vacuum not only for the Zemes but also the Nagas as a whole and would always be remembered for his contributions to Naga society.

Rio conveyed deep condolences along with his wife to the bereaved family and prayed that God give them strength to overcome their grief.

Speaker: Sharingain Longkumer, Speaker NLA in his condolence message expressed sadness at the passing away of Lungbe Meru in Dimapur on November 27. The Speaker mentioned that Lungbe who was born on February 2,1934 was elected to the NLA as member of DPN in 1964. During his political career, he said late Lungbe worked tirelessly for the development of Nagaland at its nascent stage. 

Sharingain said the demise of late Lungbe was not only a loss to the Zeliang community but also for the Nagas in general. He conveyed his sincere condolences to the bereaved family .

LoP: Leader of Opposition (LoP) TR Zeliang has expressed deep pain and sorrow over the demise of Lunghinggwangbe Meru, and extended his deepest condolences to the bereaved family members.

In a condolence message, Zeliang said late Meru grew up to be a visionary Leader whose contribution to the welfare of the Zeliang community would ever be remembered. 

LoP said late Meru was the first MLA from 7 Peren Assembly Constituency and later resigned at the behest of Naga National Council (NNC) in 1964. 

In 1976, when the erstwhile Naga Nationalist Organisation (NNO) merged with the Congress Party, Zeliang said they both worked together in one party till they were separated by Party affiliation in 1982. “I remember him as a gentleman who gave his best to the Society with positivity where ever he was,” Zeliang said, adding that Meru’s demise was a great loss to the Nagas and the Zeliang people in particular. 

Zeliang pray that God grant peace and solace to all the bereaved family members and all his near and dear ones during this time of grief and sorrow.

Ex-PAN: President of Ex-Parliamentarians Association of Nagaland, Joshua Sumi also conveyed his condolences to the bereaved family at the demise of Lungbe Meru at Dimapur on November 27. Late Lungbe leaves behind his wife and six children. 

Besides being elected to the NLA from 7 Peren A/C, Sumi said late Lungbe also served as member of Naga Council Dimapur. On behalf of the Ex-PAN, Sumi conveyed sincere condolences and also prayed that God give solace and comfort at their moment of grief and eternal peace to the departed soul. 

NTC: Nagaland Tribes Council (NTC) has expressed shock over the demise of one of its founding members Lungbe Meru. 

In a condolence message, NTC general secretary Nribemo Ngullie said late Meru was active, sincere and a dedicated person committed towards the welfare of the society. Ngullie said that the void in the NTC created by his death would be difficult to fill in. 

NTC  also expressed its outmost sympathy, shared the sadness and conveyed deepest condolences to the bereaved family and prayed to Almighty God to grant them courage to withstand in this a time of sorrow and grief.

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