7-days State mourning announced; Govt offices, schools to remain closed today

7-days State mourning announced;  Govt offices, schools to remain closed today

Dimapur, August 16: The Government of Nagaland has announced seven-days State mourning from August 16 to 22 (both days inclusive) as a mark of respect for former Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee who passed away today.
All Government offices, educational institutions, both Government and private, will remain closed on August 17 as a mark of respect to the departed dignitary. The national flag would be flown at half mast for seven days and there will be no official entertainment during the period of the State mourning. (Page News Service)


Governor, CM condoles

Dimapur, August 16: Governor of Nagaland, PB Acharya has expressed grief at the demise of Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee, former Prime Minister of India, saying in his passing away, the nation has lost a statesman, a great human being, a poet, tall leader and above all a patriot.
“He personified a true Indian leader,” the Governor said.
The Governor on behalf of the people of Nagaland offered homage to the great soul, and prayed that the departed soul rest in peace.
CM: Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio has also expressed grief at the demise of former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee in New Delhi today, saying he was a towering personality of modern India and will be remembered as one of the most popular prime ministers of the country.
The people of Nagaland have a special place for the former PM in our hearts. In October 2003, during his three-day visit to Nagaland, the then Prime Minister made a historic statement at Kohima, which was a defining moment in the relationship between Nagas and the rest of the country: “It is true that, of all States in India, Nagaland has a unique history. We are sensitive to this historical fact,” the CM recalled.
“While we are saddened by his demise, it is 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. Within and outside the country late Vajpayee made all Indians proud with his statesmanship,” he said.
The CM said Nagaland joins the rest of the country in bereavement and in paying respect to the departed leader, and prayed to Almighty god to let his soul rest in peace.
Dy CM: Deputy Chief Minister, Y Patton expressed grief at the demise of 3-time Prime Minister, A B Vajpayee on August 16 at AIIMS New Delhi.
In a condolence message, he said late Vajpayee won the hearts of the Nagas when he recognized the “unique history” of the Nagas during his visit to Kohima in October 2003.
An outstanding parliamentarian, master orator, poet and a liberal, Vajpayee is also remembered for announcing special package for Nagaland and launching mobile services in the state, Patton stated adding, Vajpayee will be fondly remembered by the Naga people.
Stating that his contributions to the BJP is immense, Patton said the party feels the deep void left by his demise and the vacuum created would be difficult to fill.
He also joined in mourning the demise of a respected leader and prayed for the departed soul to rest in peace.
NDPP: The NDPP has expressed grief at the demise of former Prime Minister of India, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, a veteran political leader, freedom fighter, statesman and an orator who passed away today at the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) in New Delhi.
In a condolence message, NDPP president, Chingwang Konyak stated that Vajpayee’s illustrious journey as a poet, writer, politician and as three-time Prime Minister of India culminated with the Nation’s highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna being conferred on him in 2015.
Konyak termed Vajpayee as a shrewd politician who minced no words, yet at the same time who behaved with impeccable discipline, giving respect and due regard to all adversaries, both inside and outside Parliament, won him the hearts of the entire Nation.
Stating that late Vajpayee was a dear friend of the Naga people, who understood the uniqueness of our history and never hesitated to ensure that the Nagas were never left wanting, Konyak said Vajpayee’s demise is a loss for all Nagas, as we have lost a friend, a mentor and a leader.
He, on behalf of the NDPP and all its rank and file, deeply mourned Vajpayee’s demise and expressed deepest condolences to the family.
BJYM: State BJYM President, Benjamin Yeputhomi and party members have expressed sadness over the demise of great hero of Indian political arena, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who was a great political thinker, who never reacted sharply on his critical political opponents, who never tired of serving the great nation ultimately bid adieu to this bereaved nation and BJP Family, the biggest political party in the world. All the party workers expressed grief over the demise of former Prime Minister Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee and extended its heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and prayed for the departed soul to rest in peace.
NSCN IM): The NSCN (IM) has expressed grief at the demise of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, former Prime Minister of India.
It said late Vajpayee was a great leader who could understand the Nagas and committed to finding an honorable 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.
Paying profound homage to the departed soul, the NSCN (IM) said he will 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, it said and prayed that
Almighty God grant eternal rest to the departed soul and give olace to the bereaved family. (Page News Service)