Former minister YM Yollow Konyak passed away at Delhi on Tuesday after a prolonged illness. Yollow is survived by his wife Minching Konyak and four children– two sons and two daughters.
According to family members, the body would be flown to Dimapur on March 24 and will be taken to his native village where the funeral will be held.
Born on March 1, 1970 at Wakching village and son of Yongyo Konyak, Yollow passed matriculation from Government High School (GHS), Wakching in 1987, pre-university (PU) from Kohima Arts College, Kohima in 1991 and BA from Dimapur College in 1994.
He had entered politics by successfully contesting in the 12th Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) from 42- Wakching Assembly constituency as an independent candidate in 2013 and was appointed chairman of Honey Mission in April 2013. He was later appointed parliamentary secretary of Agriculture in May 2017 and re-elected to 13th NLA on an NPF ticket in 2018.
He thereafter retired from politics and abstained from contesting in 2023 Assembly election owing to health issues.
Yollow also served as language translator under the Department of Information & Publicity from 1989 to 1997 and as block development officer under the Rural Development Department from 1997-2012. He also served various organisations in different capacities.
A host of leaders led by Nagaland governor La. Ganesan and chief minister Neiphiu Rio on Wednesday mourned the passing of former minister YM Yollow Konyak.
In a condolence note to Mrs. Minching Konyak, the governor said he was deeply shocked and saddened at the untimely demise of her husband Yollow Konyak.
In his death, the governor said the State has lost a dedicated public leader. Ganesan said Yollow’s contributions to the people of Nagaland in various assignments would be remembered for a long time.
The governor, on behalf of the people of Nagaland, conveyed heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family members and prayed that the Almighty God grant them peace, solace and strength to overcome this irreparable loss.
CM: Expressing grief over the sudden and untimely demise of YM Yollow Konyak, the state chief minister Neiphiu Rio said Yollow’s demise was a great loss for the State in general and Konyak tribe in particular.
In a condolence message to Mrs. Minching Konvak, the chief minister described late Konyak as “an energetic and promising leader”, who had a deep passion for politics ever since his younger days. “He was a sincere, hardworking and soft spoken person, and a capable public leader,” Rio said.
The chief minister, on behalf of the government of Nagaland, extended condolences to the bereaved family members and prayed that God Almighty grant them strength and solace as they come to terms with this irreparable loss.
Dy.CM: State deputy chief minister, Y Patton, condoled the death of YM Yollow Konyak and said that his passing away at this juncture was a great loss for the people.
In a condolence message, Patton said late Konyak was a senior politician who represented his people for two consecutive terms and made serious impact by his contributions.
Patton, who is also state BLP leader, on behalf of the state BJP legislators, conveyed condolences to the bereaved family and prayed for the departed to rest in peace.
ENLU: Eastern Nagaland Legislators’ Union (ENLU) has expressed shock and grief over the sudden demise of former minister YM Yollow Konyak.
In a condolence note, ENLU convener and minister P Paiwang Konyak stated that late Yollow was a dynamic leader who always worked for the welfare of the society passionately and executed his assignments diligently.
ENLU said late Yollow was a humble and dedicated government servant who served the government in various capacities with utmost sincerity and also served in various social organizations during his young days for the welfare of the Konyak community.
The union stated that passing away of YM Yollow was a big loss for the Konyak community in particular and Nagas in general.
ENLU conveyed deepest condolences to Mrs. Minching Konyak and all the bereaved family members and prayed that God Almighty grant them comfort and solace at this darkest hour.
Imkong L. Imchen: Advisor IPR and soil & water conservation, Imkong L Imchen has expressed grief over the demise of his “beloved bother” Yollow Konyak, whom he described as “a very intelligent versatile young and dynamic public servant”.
In a condolence note, Imchen said “human destiny becomes so cruel at times and so as to my beloved brother Yollow, to be taken away from our midst.”
Stating that there were no adequate words to express sorrow and grief, Imchen said “Perhaps we shall always linger his illustrious carrier in public life in the days to come.”
The advisor conveyed heartfelt condolences to all the members of bereaved family. And prayed that the Almighty God grant solace and mercy to the departed soul and eternal rest in heavenly abode.
Moatoshi: Advisor labour, employment & skill development and excise, Moatoshi Longkumer, has expressed deep grief over the sudden demise of former minister and his friend YM Yollow Konyak.
In a condolence message, the advisor said that late Yollow was a leader who envisioned great things for Eastern Nagaland and Nagas in general. “The void created by him will be felt hard by all,” Moatoshi said and offered his deepest condolences to the bereaved family in this time of sorrow and grief.
Azo: Leader of NPF legislature party Kuzholuzo (Azo) Nienu, MLA, expressed deep pain and sadness over the sudden demise of former minister YM Yollow Konyak and said that a big vacuum had been created following his death.
In a condolence message, Azo said “he was my former colleague who dedicated, sacrificed and gave his best for the Naga people. His death is a great loss for the Nagas.”
MLA conveyed sincere condolences to the bereaved family and prayed that God grant them solace and peace in this hour of great grief and sorrow.
Chingang: Advisor geology & mining, DUDA, W Chingang Konyak, expressed deep shock and sadness over the untimely demise of YM Yollow Konyak.
In a condolence note, Chingang Konyak said that in his death the State has lost a capable leader and has left a huge void which will be hard to fill.
Describing late Yollow as a diligent public servant, an eminent public leader and an outstanding legislator, the advisor said that his contribution to the social economic and political sphere of the constituency would be fondly remembered by the people.
Chingang also extended condolences to the bereaved family members and prayed that God grant peace and solace to the family members.