Kohima: The government of Nagaland has announced a three-day state mourning starting from December 30 following the demise of Vikho-o Yhoshü, Speaker, Nagaland assembly, at a Mumbai hospital on Monday morning.
An official wireless message, issued by state chief secretary Temjen Toy, said that as a mark of respect to the departed dignitary, the three-day mourning will be observed from December 30, 2019 to January 1, 2020. “During the period of the state mourning, the national flag will be flown at half-mast throughout Nagaland where it is regularly flown. There will be no official entertainment during this period. State funeral will be accorded to late Vikho-o Yhoshü,” the release said.
A separate message notified reporters that the mortal remains of the departed leader will arrive at Dimapur Airport at 12:30 pm on Tuesday. It informed that following an official reception at the airport, the body will be escorted to the Speaker’s official residence in state capital Kohima.
A state funeral service will be held at the official residence at 11 am on January 1, 2020 after which the body will be taken to Kemipfuphe ground, Kigwema for the general public to pay their last homage.
Yhoshü passed away at a Mumbai hospital on Monday morning. He was 68. The Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) leader was undergoing treatment in Mumbai after being diagnosed with lung cancer.
Yhoshü, an alumnus of Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, was elected to the Nagaland Legislative Assembly election in 2008, 2013 and 2018 from Southern Angami-I constituency as a candidate of NDPP. He was elected as the Speaker of the legislative Assembly in March this year. He had defeated Naga People’s Front’s (NPF) Dr Imtiwapang Aier who had also filed his nomination paper for the post of Speaker.
Meanwhile, governor of Nagaland and Meghalaya, RN Ravi; state chief minister Neiphiu Rio and other state ministers condoled the demise of Yhoshü.
In a condolence message, Ravi recalled how Yhoshü, who was elected from the Southern Angami-I Assembly constituency from 2008, held various responsibilities like adviser, IT & TE; chairman, Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN); parliamentary secretary for housing, veterinary & animal husbandry, mechanical division of PWD before being elected as the Speaker of Nagaland Legislative Assembly.
Conveying his deepest condolences to the bereaved family members, Ravi said that with his demise, the people of Nagaland have lost a tall and a prominent leader. “Let the Almighty God give them strength and fortitude to bear with this devastating loss and eternal peace to the departed soul,” the governor said.
Taking to Twitter, chief minister Rio wrote: “I am deeply saddened by the demise of the Hon’ble Speaker of Nagaland Legislative Assembly, Er. Vikho-o Yhoshu who passed away in Mumbai, this morning. He was a kindhearted man & a gentle soul. #Nagaland has lost a great leader. My deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.”
Deputy chief minister Y Patton wrote: “Saddened at the news of the demise of NLA Speaker Er Vikho-o Yhoshu. My heartfelt prayers and condolences to the bereaved family. He was a man of utmost sincerity, knowledge, and compassion. He remains a towering personality amongst us. May his soul rest in eternal peace.”
In a subsequent tweet, Patton wrote: “His passing away today at the age of 67 has created a vacuum in the PDA and is a great loss for the Nagas. Hon’ble Speaker, who was undergoing treatment in Mumbai, was elected from Southern Angami I constituency consecutively in 2013 and in 2018. He was greatly adored by people.”
Mmhonlumo Kikion, adviser IT, science and technology, NRE, wrote: “Just learned that Honorable Speaker of Nagaland Legislative Assembly Er Vikho-o Yhoshu passed away in Mumbai! He was the kindest and gentlest soul! May his soul RIP! Nagaland has lost a great leader!”
The lone Lok Sabha member from the state, Tokheho Yepthomi, also tweeted: “Extremely saddened to learn that Hon’ble Speaker NLA, Vikho-o Yhoshu has passed away. A humble and dedicated person. I pray for his family during this extremely difficult period. May he rest in peace.”
Minister of higher & technical education, tribal affairs, and state BJP president tweeted: “Sincerest condolences to the bereaved family and specially to the NDPP party for losing a tall leader, humble and assertive.A Naga leadership whose vacuum shall be difficult to fill.God Bless.”