T. M. Lotha
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Dr. T. M. Lotha (died March 25, 2020) was an Indian politician and member of the Bharatiya Janata Party. Lotha was a member of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly from the Wokha constituency in Wokha district.
Hailing from Longsa village under Wokha district, Dr. T Myingthungo Lotha was a professional doctor before joining active politics. He passed his matriculation from Government High School, Wokha in 1968 and completed his Pre-University (10+2) from St Anthony College, Shillong under North Eastern Hill University
Thereafter, he completed his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from Dibrugarh University in 1976 and joined the government service in 1977.
He joined Government Service as an Assistant Surgeon in 1977. Later, in 1981, he did his Diploma in Maternity and Child Welfare from Calcutta University.
He first entered the electoral politics in 1987 contesting as a then Naga National Democratic Party’s candidate from 38 Wokha Assembly Constituency and lost the election.
Lotha, however, entered the Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) two years later in a Nagaland People's Council (NPC) in 1989.
Thereafter, he was elected again in 2003 and 2013. During those tenures, he held the portfolios of Housing and Fire Services, Home and Medical and Treasuries & Accounts, Relief, and Rehabilitation.
He last contested election to 13th NLA in 2018 as a Bharatiya Janata Party’s candidate from the 38 Wokha AC.
Apart from his professional and political career, Lotha was a student leader and was a founding member of Naga Hoho and its Political Affairs Committee.
He was popularly known by the name Dr.T.M Lotha and he was well known for his humble attitude and simple ways.
A true leader to the very end, he will forever stand tall in the history of the Nagas and most importantly in the history of the lotha people.
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