Vote Apok for Christianity, Tokheho for Hinduism: Shurho
Kohima, May 16: The only opposition in Nagaland, the Naga People’s Front (NPF) today launched its campaign for the May 28 Lok Sabha bye-election by appealing the electorates to vote in favour its nominee C Apok Jamir if they trust Christianity, if not vote Tokheho for Hinduism.
Addressing the official launching of LS bye-poll hosted by NPF Kohima Division at Ura Academy here, NPF President Dr Shurhozelie Liezietsu lambasted the claims of NDPP that if elected its candidate would work for uplift of education, farmers and youth etc. He said that as an MP of the State, he/she should not be bothered with the activities of the State government but one should go to Delhi and speak about early solution of Naga political issue instead of remaining in the State.
Reiterating that the bye-poll is a straight fight between the BJP-NDPP and NPF, Dr Liezietsu urged upon the people of the State not to merely look at the candidate but they have to be more concerned on the party policies and programme.
On the claims of NDPP to be a regional political party, he said NDPP-BJP have become one and mixed as one so Naga people needs to seriously ponder upon whether NDPP has the right to claim to be a regionalist.
“BJP-NDPP are two sides/faces of the same coin,” he said while reiterating that BJP-NDPP is one and they are not separate. He also claimed that even their candidate Tokheho is also not regional and belongs to BJP but Apok is the only rightful regionalist candidate.
He also clarified that NPF and BJP were partners for last 15 years because in 2003 all the non-Congress forces came together to dethrone Congress from the State and even if we (NPF-BJP) were together in government but we were maintaining the distance, but they walked away and joined NDPP as NPF did not agree to their demand of seat sharing during the last state general election.
“Good or bad, Nagaland is a Christian State and the Constitution guarantees protection of religious practices, but under BJP government freedom of religion is being strangulated,” he said.
He said that the bye-election is a very good opportune time for the Naga people to stand together and differentiate Hindu and Christians. In this, Dr Liezietsu told the electorates to vote for C Apok Jamir if they stand for Christianity and vote for Tokheho if they want Hinduism.
The NPF president also encouraged the party functionaries to remain firm stating that the NDPP-led PDA government will soon collapse with the differences within the alliance partners.
Leader of Opposition in the State Assembly, T R Zeliang recalled that the bye-poll for the lone seat of Nagaland was compelled upon the Naga people because of the misadventure of former MP and incumbent Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio.
He recalled that in 2014 Lok Sabha polls, despite the appeals from the rank and file of NPF Rio forced himself to go to Delhi. Zeliang said Rio then had proposed that no MP will be allowed to come back to the State politics without completing the term, which was duly adopted by the NPF Party. Nonetheless, he blamed Rio of disturbing NPF government during the last fours and returning to the State.
He lamented that Nagas were not represented in Lok Sabha for the last more than three months, during a period when Naga political issue is at its peak because of Rio’s resignation.
The State general election has just concluded and within such a short time we are faced with another election all because of Rio, he said while remarking that election in Nagaland is a very costly affair not only to the candidate and political parties but also on the state’s exchequer, general public and also impact the economy of the State.
In this, Zeliang appealed that Naga people should not be confused in electing the NPF candidate as he will rightly represent the aspirations of the Naga people in the parliament with his experience as a former member of Rajya Sabha and also ex-MLA.
Making hint on other secular parties, specially Congress extending support to Jamir, he said “NPF and Congress is the only grassroots level political parties having their roots at the village level throughout the State.
Also expressing that “NPF is the only organic regional political party”, he said it is difficult to distinguish the head and tail of NDPP because there nomenclature does not even have the mention of Naga or regionalism.
Zeliang also lashed the failed promises of NDPP-led PDA government to repair the District Headquarter roads within 60 days saying nothing has been achieved in action. Touching on PDA’s claims to do away with VIP culture, he said “they have removed the VIP culture by only removing the name plates but in reality they have created more burden to the State with backdoor appointment of leaders of alliance partners as Cabinet Minister and Minister of State status while also appointing party workers in the rank of Commissioner & Secretary, Secretary, Class-I Gazetted officers.
NDPP-led PDA fooling Nagas: Jamir
NPF nominee, C Apok Jamir expressed gratitude to the party leaders for reposing their faith on him and choosing as the official NPF candidate. “The bye-poll is a daunting challenge for all of us but with driving force and fighting spirit as well as the conviction of all the party workers, there is a good chance of winning the poll, and it will be turning point for NPF party towards a better tomorrow”, he said.
Stating the NDPP-led PDA was fielding its candidate on the slogan “Together with all, Development for all”, Jamir alleged NDPP was once again trying to fool the Naga people because it is the English translation of the 2014 Lok Sabha slogan of BJP ‘Sabka saath, sabka vikas’ making lots of promises to lure the people of the country, but which were never fulfilled and this time too their promises won’t be kept.
Jamir, who is also the former MP of Rajya Sabha and ex-MLA, asserted that NPF is not only thinking of a short term gain but for the long term survival of the Nagas in general and we will ensure that no outside forces can dilute the very existence and identity of the people of the State.
He also affirmed that LS election is equally important as the state elections… we need to voice our stand and affiliation to take up the rights of the Naga people in the parliament. “Our stand on truth, on regional and national issues are general required to voiced to be heard in the parliament,” he said, while asserting that he is willing to take the challenge, if elected to LS.
NPF stand is for development and prosperity of our State, he said, adding that “my win will not be individual but of the party and also the victory of the Naga people”.
In this, he appealed to the Naga people, specially the party rank and file, to take the challenge ahead by working hard to bring victory.
MP Rajya Sabha and NPF secretary general, K G Kenye said with his experience, social status and the kind of integrity that he has, Apok is the right representative of the Naga people to the LS, which is the main House of the Indian Parliament.
“For the first time in the history of India, we have a party which infringing into the constitution and strangulating the rights of the people on secularism,” he said.
(Page News Service)