Dimapur, July 1: Various leaders and organizations have expressed shock and grief at the demise of Toshi Wungtung.
TR Zeliang: Leader of Opposition TR Zeliang said Toshi was a brilliant upcoming Naga leader who made his first political debut as an MLA in the current 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly representing 58 Shamator-Chessore Assembly Constituency.
“Following the footstep of his father Late K Yamakam Yimchunger, he grew up to be an illustrious leader. He was part of a 6-member team comprising of Naga Hoho and ENPO delegated to meet Late SS Khaplang, Chairman of the NSCN (K) during my tenure as Chief Minister. The Joint Team undertook assignment to Myanmar from January 24 to February 2 2016 and the role played by Late Wungtung will be ever remembered,” he said.
The former Chief Minister extended condolences to the bereaved family.
DyCM: Deputy Chief Minister and BLP leader, Y Patton has expressed grief at the demise of Toshi Wungtung, MLA and Advisor, at New Delhi on July 21.
“It is unfortunate that he had to depart so early when he had so much more to deliver. Nagaland has lost a very young, efficient and visionary leader,” he said.
On behalf of the State BJP legislators, the DyCM conveyed deepest sympathies to the bereaved family and prayed for the departed to rest in peace.
NLA Speaker: Speaker of Nagaland Legislative Assembly Sharingain Longkumer has expressed grief at the untimely passing away of Toshi Wungtung in New Delhi today after a brief illness.
“His death is a big loss to Nagaland, in particular for our Eastern brethren, and the void created will be very difficult to fill,” he said.
The Speaker on behalf of all members of the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly conveyed deepest condolences to the bereaved family and prayed that Almighty God give them strength to bear the loss.
MP LS: MP Lok Sabha Tokheho Yepthomi has expressed grief at the passing of Toshi Wungtung, MLA and Advisor, Nagaland.
“A compassionate and humble person, ever ready to work for our people, his untimely demise leaves us with a void which will be difficult to fill,” he said.
The MP offered deepest condolences to the bereaved family and prayed that his soul rest in peace.
Neiba Kronu: Nagaland Planning Minister, Neiba Kronu has also expressed grief at the demise of Toshi Wungtung, MLA and Advisor, after a brief illness.
“In his demise we have lost a knowledgeable man, an orator and a dynamic politician,” he said.
The Minister conveyed deepest condolences to the bereaved family and prayed for the departed soul to rest in eternal peace.
Chingwang Konyak: NDPP President Chingwang Konyak said he was intimately associated with Toshi since 1980s when he was a college student at Delhi and the former was a Member of Parliament.
“We frequently got together to discuss issues facing the Naga people in general and the Eastern Naga areas in particular, and I found his concern for the Naga people was intense. After his studies at the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University, he devoted his whole time and energy for the upliftment of the Naga people and held various responsible posts in social organisations such as ENPO and Forum for Naga Reconciliation. The zeal with which he went about to serve the Naga people was most impressive and great appreciated by all those who knew him,” he said.
On behalf of the rank and file of the NDPP, Chingwang extended condolences to the bereaved family.
Temjen Imna Along: Minister for Higher Education & Tribal Affairs, Temjen Imna Along described his departed colleague as a deeply knowledgeable gentleman who always stood out from the crowd with his wisdom and tactfulness on varied subjects.
“He was my one true friend who always encouraged me to keep believing. Toshi’s in depth knowledge on Naga political issues, his visions for Eastern Nagaland people, and his dreams of ushering development to the deprived regions are unique and incomparable. Such was this gentleman,” he said.
The Minister also conveyed condolences to the bereaved family.
Abu Metha: Advisor to CM Abu Metha recalled Toshi as a brilliant mind, an intellectual and a visionary leader.
“He was a bright and rising star amongst the new generation of leaders. Nagas have lost a precious son. It’s a personal loss and a tragedy for all of us,” he said and extended condolences.
K Therie: NPCC President, K Therie has expressed pains that sudden demise of Toshi Wungtung, MLA and Advisor, Govt of Nagaland.
The rank and file of NPCC joined him in offering sincere condolences to his family members and prayed that Almighty God give them solace at this most painful hour of parting.
DIPR: The Department of Information & Public Relations has condoled the death of Late Toshi Wungtung, Advisor, IPR, SCERT and Village Guards.
In a condolence message to his wife Lipokla, Commissioner & Secretary, IPR, V Maria Yanthan and Director, IPR, Z Tokishe Sema recalled Wungtung as a visionary and a remarkable political leader, who served with utmost dedication and compassion.
The officers and staff of the Department recalled him as a warm personality who was highly respected and regarded by all.
“He shared a good rapport with all, and was ever willing to extend his ideas, help and support for the progress of the Department. His death is an irreplaceable loss to the society in general and to the Department in particular, and he will be remembered for all his contributions. Late Toshi Wungtung was also an activist and a learned scholar endowed with good oratory skills. He was an active student leader who played a pivotal role in various students’ organizations in his earlier years. He has also left behind an indelible mark in the field of research, and being a storehouse of knowledge, he carried out research works on social complexities including the current political and economic issues confronting the affairs of the State of Nagaland,” it stated.
The Department conveyed condolences to the bereaved family.
FNR: The Forum for Naga Reconciliation recalled that during its early days, Toshi had participated as an “observer” representing Eastern Naga People’s Organization (ENPO) and provided support to the Naga reconciliation process.
“Toshi, our friend, was the jolliest of companions. Passionate about Naga reconciliation led us to travel the length and breadth of Naga area sharing with people about healing and a shared Naga future. He loved the Naga people and often exhibited intrepid courage to speak and act and this quality drove him. FNR prays for his eternal rest and may Toshi’s bereaved family,” it stated.
Ex-PAN: The Ex Parliamentarian Association of Nagaland said that despite being a first-time legislator, Toshi had carried himself with a wealth of experience in academic and social activism, for which he was well known much before he became an elected member.
“We convey our heartfelt condolences to his wife Lipokla Wungtung and children and pray that God gives them strength and solace in their hour of grief. We also pray for the final journey of Late Toshi Wungtung from Delhi to Dimapur and to his native place Shamator for final resting,” it stated.
ENNWU: The Eastern Naga National Workers’ Union said Toshi was a man of great integrity and a spokesperson representing the Eastern Naga People’s voice in all front.
It conveyed condolences to the bereaved family members.
NSCN (R): President of NSCN/GPRN (Reformation), Y Wangtin Naga has expressed pain at the sudden demise of Toshi Wungtung, MLA and Advisor, I&PR, SCERT and VG, on July 1.
Late Toshi was a prominent citizen, a pioneer, a frontrunner and a trailblazer in many fields, he said, adding, “I have lost a true companion and the Nagas in general and also Yimchungru community in particular have lost a very experienced statesman and a dynamic senior leader which have caused a huge and irreparable loss.”
Wangtin expressed condolences to the bereaved family and prayed that the departed soul rest in eternal peace.
(Page News Service)