Biren, Ibobi lead in paying last respect to Phungzathang
IMPHAL, 21st Dec: Chief Minister N Biren and former chief minister O Ibobi led ministers, MLA, top officials of the government and political leaders in paying last respect to ex-minister Phungzathang Tonsing, when his mortal remains landed at Imphal Airport on Friday.
Mortal remains of Phungzathang Tonsing, who died at Apollo Hospital in New Delhi, was received by his family members and close friends at the airport.
Ministers Th Biswajit, V Hangkhanlian, Karam Shyam, Letpao Haokip, MLAs Gaikhangam, K Ranjit, Ak Mirabai, O Surjakumar, O Lukhoi, Y Surchandra, S Bira, ex-MLAs O Landhoni, I Hemochandra, M Prithviraj, Kh Ratankumar, M Oken and MPCC president TN Haokip were among others who participated in paying the tribute.
A two-minute silence was observed in honour of the departed soul before his body was taken to his Sangaiprou residence.
While sharing the grief and pain of the bereaved family, CM Biren said that Phungzathang was a person, who served the state with his heart. Even if he was born in Paite community, he worked for the collective development and unity of the state. His demise is not only a loss of Paite community but also for the whole state, the CM added.
National People’s Party of Manipur expressed deep condolence over the demise of its national vice-president.
NPP Manipur information and publicity secretary Ch Bijoy informed that party members observed a one-minute silence as a mark of respect to the departed leader during the condolence service which was held on Friday under the supervision of NPP working president Ch Ajang Khongsai.
In a release, NPP stated that demise of the senior politician who had served the state in various capacities as MLA and cabinet minister in the past seven terms was a great loss to the state. Manipur Ex-MLA Welfare Association has also condoled the demise of Phungzathang.
A press release issued by BD Behring informed that members of the association observed a two-minute silence in respect of the departed soul and shared the grief and sorrow of the bereaved family members. The association also presented a sum of Rs 10,000 from Ex MLAs Welfare fund to the bereaved family, added the release.
Meanwhile, Autonomous District Council, Churachandpur, Thadou Students’ Association, general headquarters and Komrem Union (KRU), North East India deeply condoled the sudden and untimely demise of Phungzathang, who passed away on December 19 at Apollo Hospital, New Delhi. They also shared the grief and pain of the bereaved family members.