Visasolie Lhoungu, the chairman of the Nagaland Bamboo Development Agency and a former State BJP president, died in Kohima on Tuesday after a brief illness. His wife, two sons, two daughters, and four grandchildren survived him at the age of 70. According to family sources, the funeral will take place at Eralibill Dimapur on Wednesday at 1 p.m.
Lhoungu, a Dihoma native, retired in 2014 as the chief executive officer of the National Rural Livelihoods Mission and joint director of the Rural Development Department. Lhoungu returned to politics after retirement, becoming the State BJP unit president in 2016.
The death of Chairman Nagaland Bamboo Development Agency and former State BJP president Visasolie Lhoungu was mourned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, and National BJP President JP Nadda.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences to the family on Twitter.He described late Visasolie Lhoungu as a dedicated and hardworking individual who was passionate about Nagaland’s progress and Naga people’s empowerment. “He made notable efforts to bolster the BJP’s position in the state.
His death hurts me. My heartfelt condolences go out to his family and supporters. RIP.” Moid sent out a tweet.
The death of Visasolie Lhoungu infuriated Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio. Before entering politics, Lhoungu worked for the state government, according to Rio.
Visasolie was a hardworking, sincere, and diligent officer who, aside from his professional career, had genuine concerns for the welfare of the society’s marginalised, according to Rio.
Rio described Lhoungu as a cheerful, friendly, and helpful person with a big heart and a delightful personality, as someone he knew personally.
“The Naga society as a whole has lost a leader and a mentor. The vacuum created by his demise will be difficult to fill. However, let us cherish the wonderful memories he has left behind,” Rio said.
Rio, accompanied by his family, expressed his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and prayed that Almighty God grant them comfort and strength in the face of such an unrecoverable loss.
JP Nadda, the BJP president, also took to Twitter to express his sadness over the death of former State BJP president Visasolie Lhoungu.
“He played an important role in strengthening the party in Nagaland. My condolences to his family and supporters in this time of grief. Om Shanti.” Nadda tweeted.
Visasolie Lhoungu’s death was also mourned by Deputy Chief Minister Y. Patton. According to Patton, late Lhoungu took over as State BJP President when the party was struggling to gain traction in the state.
Patton said that his contributions to the party’s uplift as well as the Nagaland Bamboo Development Agency will be remembered by the people, and that the state has lost a good leader.
Patton expressed his condolences to the bereaved family on behalf of the state BJP legislators and prayed that God would comfort them during this difficult time.