DIMAPUR, April 2 – Rano M Shaiza, Nagaland’s first and only woman MP elected till date, was laid to rest at Zubza near Kohima today. The 86-year-old Shaiza passed away at her family home in the State capital yesterday. Hundreds of leaders, including Nagaland Chief Minister TR Zeliang, attended her funeral service held in Kohima today. She was elected to the 6th Lok Sabha in 1977.
She was 86 and leaves behind two daughters and a son.
Late Shaiza took active part in campaigning for issues that covered the socio-political arena of the Naga people.
Nagaland Governor PB Acharya, in a condolence message, expressed shock over the demise of the former Lok Sabha MP.
Acharya described late Shaiza as a proud leader of Nagaland and the lone woman member who represented the State in the Parliament. “She will always be remembered for her contribution to the welfare of the people of Nagaland,” he said.
Odisha Governor SC Jamir expressed shock and grief over Shaiza’s death. Expressing grief over Shaiza’s death, Chief Minister Zeliang said Nagaland has lost its pioneer woman politician and a social and political activist. The void created by her death would be difficult to fill, the Chief Minister added.