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Independent candidate Sophie for development of Southern Angami area

Nagaland News

KOHIMA, FEBRUARY 6: A retired Government servant and social activist-turned politician, Kevipodi Sophie today asserted to make the people’s choice his first priority once sent to the State Assembly.
Coining ‘People First’ as his election theme, Sophie while addressing a mammoth gathering of electors at Jakhama Village Ground after filing his nomination for Southern Angami-I seat in Kohima district, said he decided to stand as an Independent candidate with his own vision for development and prosperity of the constituency and Southern Angami area in general.
“Once given the power by the voters, I will give them back the power and freedom to choose any scheme or project to be taken up in the respective village and area because the villagers and voters know their needs better. I will work by the decision of the village”, he said.
Sophie asserted to primarily focus on the youth as they are the backbone of the society and everybody cannot expect to get a Government job but there are ample chances in different field. Certain percentage of LADP fund will be earmarked for skill development training for the youth so that they can sustain by taking up entrepreneurship or agriculture sector or tourism industry.
Also understanding the problem of widows, he said that another percentage from LADP fund would be for them because as mother of children without father they face immense problem in running the home and also nurturing children and educating.
Funds would also be provided for disabled people in the area, he said.
Also having held presidentship of Southern Angami Public Organisation (SAPO) for about a year till he resigned to contest election in December last, Sophie said that several issues came across while two prime focus would be the Kezoltsa land dispute with Manipur and 4-lane road of National highway in the area.
The Kezoltsa land in the disputed Dzükou area traditionally belongs to Southern Angami but the imaginary inter-state boundary has put the land on the Manipur side. The land still belongs to us but the imaginary boundary was created without the consent of the land owners, he said.
Once elected, he asserted to raise the issue in the Assembly and create awareness among the elected representatives that the land belongs to the Southern Angami people of Nagaland.
He also said that the Kohima-Khuzama National Highway was announced for 4-laning by the then President of India Late Abdul Kalam and it was happily accepted by the people of the area but it was downsized to 2-lane and now it has been descoped and taken up for only repair works within the existing road.
“So I feel that we have been neglected for a very long time and despite having two representatives from the Southern Angami I & II there are not many visible schemes or projects coming in the area.
“We have resources like land, water, etc. and we are ready to provide but we have been neglected for so many years”, he said.
Once elected, he affirmed to uphold his theme ~ People First ~ and give best effort to develop the people and the area.
Asked which party he would support to form the government if elected, Sophie said that he is not averse to be with any party which has the majority to form the government as without no development can reach the people.
NDPP nominee and Advisor for technical education and election Medo Yhokha is the sitting MLA of the constituency.
Sophie’s campaign kick-off programme was chaired by his Campaign Director Neiasavoto Zashümo while all Pastors of various churches of Jakhama village invoked God’s blessings for him.
Former NDPP Kohima region president and Advisor to candidate Avio Tetso and Advisor to candidate Metekhrielie Mejura also spoke on the occasion wooing the electorates while Convenor core committee Neichüzo Keyie tendered the vote of thanks.
(Page News Service)