Nagaland: Former MLA Lungbe Meru passes away; Rio, Zeliang mourn demise
Kohima: Former Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) from 7AC Peren Lunghinggwangbe Meru, popularly known as Lungbe Meru, passed away on Friday at the Christian Institute of Health Sciences and Research in Dimapur. He was 83 years old.
Mourning his demise, Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio recalled how Meru served as a clerk in the office of Circle Officer at Peren before joining politics in 1964.
Meru, who was born on February 2, 1937, was elected as the first MLA from 7 AC Peren. "He also had genuine concerns for the Naga political issue that he along with 11 other MLAs of the Democratic Party of Nagaland resigned from the Nagaland Legislative Assembly to seek a solution for the cause," said the CM.
The chief minister also said that Meru's demise created a huge vacuum not just for the Zeme community but for the Nagas as a whole.
"He will be dearly remembered by all for his sincere contributions to the welfare of the Naga society," the CM said.
Former chief minister and leader if opposition TR Zeliang recalled how he and Meru worked together in 1976 when the Naga Nationalist Organisation (NNO) merged with the Congress Party till they separated by Party affiliation in 1982.
"I remember him as a gentleman who gave his best to the Society with positivity where ever he was. Later in life, he became a Church Leader serving as Pastor and as Head Deacon at Zeme Baptist Church, Dimapur and was a founding member of the Church. The demise of Late Meru is a great loss to the Nagas and the Zeliang people in particular," Zeliang said