Aizawl: Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM) leader and an MLA from Tuirial assembly constituency Andrew H. Thangliana passed away in a hospital in Aizawl on Tuesday. He was 43.

Ebenezer Medical Centre managing director Dr. Vanlalsiama said that the leader died of several complications, including liver failure and heart attack.

He said that the first time legislator was admitted at the hospital on August 5 and was shifted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) when his condition deteriorated on August 12.

His condition further deteriorated from August 16 as he had a heart attack, which slowed his blood pressure while being on ventilator support, Vanlalsiama said.

The leader finally succumbed to his ailment at around 6:35 am on Tuesday, he said.

Family sources said that Thangliana was admitted to a state-run Civil Hospital in Aizawl on July 21 when CT-scan results showed a lump in his liver.

On August 12, he was shifted to Ebenezer Medical Centre to be under the care of doctors, who knew his health condition from the past, the sources said.

The ZPM leader had developed poor health since his childhood, it said.

Born in October 1977, Thangliana was brought in Aizawl.

He lost his father Sameul H. Thangliana at the age of 19 in 1996 and mother C. Lalhmingliani in 2014.

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He completed his higher secondary school (Science) from Kodaikanal in Tamil Nadu and later joined Ramjas College under Delhi University to pursue higher studies in Bachelor of Arts (BA).

However, he had to leave the college in his final year as he suffered from certain illness.

Thangliana entered active politics in 2017 and joined the erstwhile Zoram Nationalist Party (ZNP) founded by a resigned IPS officer and sitting ZPM legislator Lalduhoma.

In the same year, the ZNP along with other minor parties formed an alliance, which was named Zoram People’s Movement (ZMP).

The alliance was later converted into a political party and finally obtained a party registration from the Election Commission of India in July 2019 eight months after the state assembly polls in November 2018.

During the 2018 assembly polls, a politically novice Thangliana was named among official candidates of ZPM for Tuirial seat but has to contest on independent as the ZPM was yet to obtain party registration at that time.

He defeated his nearest opponent Sailothanga Sailo of Mizo National Front (MNF) by a margin of 204 votes and former legislator from the constituency Hmingdailova Khiangte, who contested on National People’s Party (NPP) ticket after his resignation from the membership of the state legislature and Congress just 2 months ahead of the assembly polls, by 3,178 margin votes.

Thangliana is survived by his wife and three children.

His funeral will be held at 1 pm on Tuesday at his residence in Aizawl’s Chawlhhmun locality. 

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