Dimapur, March 30: Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio today expressed confidence that the BJP led NDA Government will storm back to power under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and called upon the people to vote consciously for the PDA consensus candidate and sitting MP Lok Sabha, Tokheho Yepthomi.
Addressing public rallies today at Noklak and Thonoknyu, the Chief Minister said since Nagaland has just one seat in the Lok Sabha, the lone MP from Nagaland to the Lok Sabha represents the entire people of the State. As such, it is the people who should decide whether they want to elect an MP who can convey the voice of the people in the Lok Sabha in line with the Government’s ideologies and objectives in coordination with the State Government, or whether they want an MP from the opposition who will not coordinate with the State Government and instead sit in the opposition benches in Parliament, he said.
Rio said Nagaland is a small State which is dependent on the Centre and it will only be in the fitness of things if the State Government and the Central Government are in an alliance. He stated that today people want peace and development and such an atmosphere will be all the easier if the people elect the PDA candidate so as to be in the NDA in Delhi. It is to this effect that alliance was maintained with the BJP since 2003 till date, he said.
The CM expressed appreciation to the BJP national leadership for reposing faith in his leadership and entering into a pre-poll alliance with the NDPP. He explained that the BJP snapped ties with the NPF as the BJP had lost faith in the leadership of former Chief Minister TR Zeliang and the NPF party.
Rio ridiculed the NPF leadership of being in the habit of misleading people through lies and cited numerous instances starting from TR Zeliang’s false claims of being a graduate up to the claims that the NDPP will be derecognized by the Election Commission of India and all NDPP MLAs will stand disqualified after which NPF will form the Government.
He claimed that the NPF’s failure to set up a candidate to the Lok Sabha and instead support the Congress candidate is a mockery since NPF has 26 MLAs in the House while the Congress does not have a single MLA and had also lost the last 3 general elections in the State. This had demoralized the NPF MLAs and party workers and severe in-fighting had cropped within their ranks, he claimed.
In Thonoknyu, the CM called upon the supporters of MLA L. Khumo (who was elected on NPP ticket and recently merged with the NDPP) and the NDPP supporters led by 57 Thonoknyu ex-candidate YP Chillo to join hands and work together for the welfare of the people.
In both Noklak and Thonoknyu, Rio pointed out that the only opposition party in the assembly, the NPF now had no candidate to the Lok Sabha and the 26 Aonglenden A/C and called upon the people to judge for themselves whether it is worth supporting such a party which is in opposition in the State and will also be an opposition at the Centre.
Rio said he was eager to see development reach every nook and corner of Nagaland including Noklak and Thonoknyu and urged upon the people to join hands and work together with the PDA Government in making this dream into a reality, said a release issued by NDPP media & communication committee.
The Chief Minister was accompanied by Deputy Chief Minister Y. Patton, sitting MP (LS) and PDA candidate Tokheho Yepthomi and Advisor Haying. (Page News Service)