Cast vote to shift to ruling or remain in opposition: Dr Nicky

Cast vote to shift to ruling or remain in opposition: Dr Nicky
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Kohima, May 22: Advisor for Rural Development, MLA Dr Neikiesalie Nicky Kire today called upon the electorates to make their choice to be on the ruling or remain in opposition while exercising their franchise in the May 28 bye-election to lone Lok Sabha seat of Nagaland.
“Nagaland, though has lots of unexplored mineral resources, is presently dependent on the funding from central government and if we elect PDA candidate and go along with the BJP government at the Centre today… we will have the time to rejoice tomorrow,” Dr Nicky said.
Addressing the NDPP 8th Western Angami PDA campaign for Lok Sabha bye-poll at APO Hall Kohima tonight, Dr Nicky said “the ensuing bye-poll in Nagaland is a straight fight between the ruling NDPP-led PDA candidate Tokheho Yepthomi and opposition NPF nominee C Apok Jamir and therefore it is your (electorates) choice to be on the ruling side or remain in opposition.
It may be mentioned here that during the February 27 state Assembly elections, 8th Western Angami seat was won by NPF candidate Keneizakho Nakhro against NDPP candidate Kevisekho Kruse.
Dr Nicky said that NDPP had failed in the Assembly elections but now the LS bye-poll is an opportunity to choose whether to remain in opposition or take over the ruling side.
Wooing the voters to elect Yepthomi to represent the Naga people in the parliament, Dr Nicky said that in the past Nagas have missed the bus of solution to the vexed Indo-Naga political issue, but the present talks is very close to solution and this time round Nagas cannot miss the bus again.
He said between the two candidates, Yepthomi is a better experienced leader and he is the right person to represent and take up the aspiration of Nagas in the parliament.
“We are not here to fight elections on tribal lines as Kohima is conglomeration of different tribes,” he said. He also lambasted the NPF for developing hatred against BJP only after 15-years of their alliance.
“During the last 15 years of alliance, NPF did not have anything to say against the BJP but now since BJP has joined hands with NDPP, it is all out against BJP with allegations of anti-Christian party,” he said.
Expressing concern that many people do not take the MP election as seriously as the state Assembly elections, Dr Nicky called upon the electorates to come out exercise their franchise to give a massive win to NDPP candidate.
Ex-candidate of NDPP for the constituency, Kevisekho Kruse while acknowledging the support extended to him during the last state Assembly elections also urged the electorates to vote for Yepthomi also
“Our PDA government is committed to bring change in government functioning systems aimed at taking our society and state to a higher level in all respects,” he said, adding that some good stepts have been initiated by this government as is openly visible to all.
Stating that unlike the last NPF government, the present Nagaland government is in the safe hands of Chief Minister Rio, he said, adding that “a stable and efficiently run government will gradually stabilize our economy and the benefits will be reaped by the common people”.
“If you like the leadership of Neiphiu Rio then vote for his and his PDA alliance parties recommended candidate in the person of Yepthomi,” he appealed.
Chief Agent for the bye-election, Prasielie Pienyu said that NPF President Shurhozelie Liezietsu’s statement “election Yepthomi for Hinduism and Jamir for Christianity” is violation of the election model code of conduct. He said such statement by veteran politician is the expression of frustration.
Thrashing Dr Liezietsu for using the official pad of Ura Academy to write political letter to AAP recently, and the subsequent acceptance of ‘committing mistake’ by the Party, Pienyu asked scholars to express their mind on the matter.
He further demanded that Dr Leizietsu should resign as the NPF president on moral ground.
Others who spoke during the campaign were Kekhrie Yhome and Neivikuolie Khatsü. Vikholie Yiesie chaired the programme while Association Pastor of Naga Bazar Baptist Church Mezhüzolie Meyase pronounced invocation and NDPP Western Angami A/C president Vitsaolhou Kesieizie tendered the vote of thanks. (Page News Service)