Kohima, Aug 30 : Former Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee president and chairman of Nagaland Peace Centre (NPC) Netsutso Theyo popularly known as N Theyo, passed away last night in a private nursing home here after a brief illness. He was 82 and leaves behind seven children and his wife predeceased to him in 2017. Born in May 1937, Theyo hailed from Thenyizu village of Phek district and was the first Christian from Thenyizumi village.
Before entering into active politics, Theyo also served under various capacities as president, Chakhesang Students’ Conference (now Chakhesang Students Union)- 1959-61, president Chakhesang Students’ Union Shillong 1961-62, assistant headmaster P.H.E. School, Phek 1962-63. He was also a former Minister and a member of the First Nagaland Legislative Assembly. Theyo was the Vice President of the Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC-I) from 1983 to 1995 and the President from June 1995 to June 1997.
He was also a member of the All India Congress Committee (I) from 1983-93. Theyo was the youngest candidate in the 11 member, three-tier Cabinet that was headed by the late T. N. Angami, who had taken charge after Mr. Shilu Ao, the first Chief Minister of Nagaland. Theyo was elected from Chozuba-II Assembly Constituency under Phek district and was appointed as Deputy Minister in-charge of electricity in May 1966. He was inducted as Minister for Transport and communication, community development, tribal development, blocks and town and country planning in 1972.
He successfully contested the elections form Chozuba-II constituency as a candidate of the Nationalist Party, which was later renamed as the Naga Nationalist Organisation (NNO). Theyo was appointed as Deputy Minister for PWD and Electricity in May 1966. He was elected again in the bye-election of 1971 as a NNO candidate from Chozuba II constituency and was appointed Cabinet Minister for Transport & Communication, CD & TD Block and Town & Country Planning in the Ministry headed by then Chief Minister Hokishe Sema.
Theyo was also the General Secretary of the ex-Parliamentarians Association of Nagaland and a life-member of the Indian Red Cross Society, Nagaland Branch. His family sources informed that the send-off service will be held today at Chakhesang Baptist Church at Kitsubozou in Kohima, after which the body will be taken to his native village Thenyizu village for the final rites. UNI