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Former Nagaland Minister Yamakam passes away

Kohima, Nov 10 (UNI) Former Nagaland Minister K Yamukam, veteran Congress leader and one of the tallest leaders from Eastern Nagaland, passed away at a private hospital last evening in Dimapur. He was 89.
A pioneer from the eastern region of the state, Yamukam was born in 1929 at Sangphur village, under Shamator Circle of Tuensang district and first took the plunge in politics by contesting from Shamator-Chessore Assembly Constituency.
Consequently, the veteran Congress leader was elected four consecutive times (1989, 1993, 1998 & 2003) to the Nagaland Legislative Assembly. Under the erstwhile Congress Government, he had served as the Minister of State Soil & Water Conservation, Sericulture (1993-1998), and later as the Minister for Horticulture, Sericulture, Relief and Rehabilitation (1998-2003). He last contested state election in 2008 in an Indian National Congress ticket.
According to a report, he was instrumental in the establishment of many of the Yimchunger Civil Society Organisations as well as the Eastern Nagaland People’s Organisation. Before joining politics, he served as a Dobashi (Translator) under the Additional Deputy Commissioner of Shamator from 1952 and was later appointed as Head Dobashi in 1976. He was also a mediator in border disputes turbulent 1950s. He is the father of Toshi Wungtung, MLA and Adviser IPR, SCERT and Village Guards.
Expressing grief at the demise of late Yamakam, Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio described him as “a simple and down to earth leader”, who was known for relentlessly raising the voice of the people he represented in the Assembly. In a condolence message Rio said he was fortunate to have been colleagues with late Yamakam in the Nagaland Legislative Assembly over the last few terms. Rio said he personally found late Yamakam to be a leader who had deep concern for all sections of the people.
The Chief Minister, on behalf of the Government of Nagaland, the party rank and file of NDPP and on his own behalf, conveyed heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family members and prayed for eternal peace to the departed soul.
Deputy Chief Minister Y Patton has expressed sadness on the ultimate demise of former minister Yamakam Yimchunger and said vacuum created by his death would be difficult to fill. In a condolence message, Patton said late Yamakam, who was not only a stalwart in state politics but also a champion in many social lives. The Deputy Chief Minister, who is also the BJP legislature party leader, on behalf of BJP Nagaland unit rank and file, conveyed deepest condolences to bereaved families, near and dear ones and prayed that the departed soul rest in eternal peace.
Leader of Opposition and former Chief Minister T R Zeliang has expressed pain over the death of K Yamakam Yimchunger and said his demise was a great loss not only to the Yimchunger community but the Nagas in general. In a condolence message, Zeliang extended deepest condolences to the bereaved family members during this time of grief and sorrow and prayed that Almighty God grant them peace and solace.
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