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Gov, CM, others condole demise of ex-MLA Oditenba

Published on 18 Jul. 2017 12:39 AM IST
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Nagaland Governor, P.B. Acharya and chief minister, Dr. Shürhozelie Liezietsu have condoled the demise of a veteran leader and former MLA, Oditenba Phom on Monday.
In a condolence message to Mrs. C. Akokla Odi, Acharya said late Phom was a prominent social worker and a great human being who had dedicated his life for the welfare of the people in general and state in particular. He said the contributions, sacrifices and service of late Oditenba to the people for the development of the state would be remembered by all. Acharya said that his demise was a great loss to the people of Nagaland in general and Phom community in particular. 
Acharya conveyed heartfelt condolences to Mrs. Odi and the family members and prayed to Almighty to grant them strength and solace to overcome the grief. He also prayed for the departed soul to rest in peace.
CM: Nagaland chief minister, Dr. Shürhozelie Liezietsu has expressed grief over the sad demise of Oditenba Phom, ex MLA Monday afternoon at Longleng.
In a condolence message to Mrs. C. Akokla Odi, Dr. Liezietsu described Late Oditenba as a straight-forward elderly man who never failed to express his honest and unbiased opinions on issues facing the State and his people.
Dr. Liezietsu said he was one of those pioneer Naga politicians who became members of the Assembly, swearing their allegiance to the Constitution of India when the movement for self-determination of the Nagas was at its height, and threats and intimidations to elected representatives were regularly issued to elected members.
He said it would be difficult for the present Naga generations to imagine the hardship Naga leaders went through in the 1960s. But it must be understood by all that these leaders made tremendous sacrifices to take up the cause of the Naga people with the Government of India, he added.
“We have come thus far because of the efforts of our past leaders who gave their best to take the Naga people forward in the national mainstream of the nation, like Oditenba,’ he said.
He said the passing away of Oditenba, not only the Phom people, but the Nagas have lost a leader who wanted people to see a better tomorrow.
On behalf of the Government and the people of Nagaland, Dr. Liezietsu conveyed his heart-felt condolence to the bereaved family members and prayed to the Almighty to grant them solace and comfort at this hour of grief and also prayed for the departed soul to rest in eternal peace.
ENPO: Eastern Nagaland People’s Organisation (ENPO) has expressed pain to learn the sudden demise of Otitenba Phom, ex-MLA and a senior leader of Eastern Nagaland.
ENPO president Khoiwang Konyak and general secretary Manlang Phom said late Otitenba, who was one of the signatories of ENPO state demand memorandum in the 2010, had a deep love and concern for the people of Eastern Nagaland. All those who knew him, greatly respected him, and for which, the ENPO shall always cherish the memory of his sincere dedication for his people, they said.
Further, ENPO conveyed sincere sympathy to the bereaved family members and prayed for the departed leader to rest in eternal peace.

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