Dimapur, August 31: Nagaland Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio has expressed grief at the demise of former President of India, Pranab Mukherjee in New Delhi today and said late Mukherjee was a towering personality of modern India and would be remembered as a staunch Congressman and Parliamentarian and a much respected President of the country.
In a condolence message, Rio stated late Mukherjee not only served in various capacities in the Government like Deputy Minister, Minister of State, Cabinet Minister and Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission for numerous terms, but he was also an accomplished journalist and author.
Rio said late Mukherjee had a close bond with the Naga people and always showed deep concern for the people of Nagaland. He last visited Nagaland in 2013 and graced Statehood Day and Hornbill Festival celebrations.
Stating that Nagaland joins the rest of the country in bereavement and in paying respect to the departed leader, Rio on behalf of the Naga people and the Government of Nagaland offered deepest condolences and prayed to the Almighty God that his soul rest in peace.
NLA Speaker: Speaker of Nagaland Legislative Assembly, Sharingain Longkumer has expressed grief at the demise of former President, Pranab Mukherjee and said he was one of the tallest leaders Independent India had produced during the past century.
In a condolence message, the NLA Speaker said late Mukherjee had distinguished himself in every area he chose to associate himself with and left and indelible imprint of his personality on all of them.
Stating that the former President was undoubtedly a statesman of outstanding caliber, Sharingain shared the grief of the bereaved family and the rest of the nation.
NPCC: The Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) has expressed grief at the passing away Pranab Mukherjee, former President of India, saying in his death, the eastern region of India has lost the most.
“He was considered as family of the NE and we always took our sensitive issues and problems to him first, for his guidance. He had all the answers. He was a leader who could feel the passion and pain of the people. He always responded to the smallest issue we presented before him as he considered every citizen as equal. He never ignored and this is why we trust and love Shri Pranabji,” said NPCC president K Therie.
“I came to know Shri Pranab Mukherjee’s name when he came to Chizami in Phek District of Nagaland, to campaign for Shri V. Lasuh, the INC Candidate in 1977. Perhaps it was his first visit to Phek District. In almost all the elections, Shri Pranabji was present in Nagaland helping the Congress party. Nagaland is one of the smallest States in the Nation but since Smti Indira Gandhi’s time, Congress has never ignored Nagaland elections. He represented the eastern region of India particularly Nagaland in Parliament, the Government and AICC.”
The NPCC, on behalf of the people of Nagaland, conveyed deep and sincere condolences to his children, grandchildren and family members, and prayed for his soul to rest in peace with God.
NPCC MD: The NPCC Minority Department has also expressed grief at the passing away of former President, Pranab Mukherjee, saying the nation has truly lost a great personality, a stalwart and a true Congressman.
The minority department, NPCC paid tribute and homage to the departed soul and conveyed heartfelt condolences to his bereaved family members and loved ones.
(Page News Service)