Rio assures to fulfil commitments to Eastern Nagas

Rio assures to fulfil  commitments to Eastern Nagas
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Dimapur, Mat 19: Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio today reiterated Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s commitment to give privilege to the Eastern Nagas, which the PM had stated during the last general election campaign rally at Tuensang.
Keeping in mind the PM’s assurances, Rio appealed to the people to give their mandate to the People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) candidate so that he will represent them at the Centre. He also assured that the PDA Government will uplift the Eastern Naga area.
Addressing a massive gathering at the Council Hall, Mon Town today, Rio said that the sentiments of Nagas have been hurt so much because of the NPF leadership’s greed and selfishness which was the main cause of the instability and unreliability of their governments
Rio reminded the gathering that the NPF president had earlier contested the 1999 Lok Sabha election much against the wishes of his then colleagues as an independent candidate with bus as his election symbol by ditching the erstwhile NPC after getting it derecognised under his presidentship. He urged the people not to be misled by the NPF’s propaganda but to know the truth about the genesis and history of the party.
PDA consensus candidate for the ensuing bye-polls to the Lok Sabha, Tokheho Yepthomi pointed out the double standard nature of the NPF stating that although NPF is still part and parcel of the BJP Government in Manipur, in Nagaland they have been portraying BJP as communal and anti-Christian in their speeches and statements.
Tokheho said that BJP has been ignoring TR Zeliang because of his corrupt nature. On the contrary, he compared Neiphiu Rio’s leadership and capability to that of a gigantic tree and said Rio is the only one who can give shade and shelter to the Naga people.
In regard to his candidature for the upcoming bye-election, Tokheho said that with the blessings and guidance of veteran leader Chingwang Konyak, NDPP president, Visasolie Lhoungu, state BJP president and the alliance partners such as the JD (U), NPP and the lone Independent legislator, he has high hopes that he will do well and appealed to the people to vote for a progressive Nagaland.
State BJP President, Visasolie Lhoungu in his address said that voting for the NPF candidate, C. Apok Jamir will be a loss for the Naga people since he will be in the opposition benches even if he goes to Parliament and won’t be of much help in representing the people at the Centre. He added that the PDA candidate Tokheho Yepthomi is an experienced, time-tested leader who knows the system of governance well while Apok was always spoon-fed.
Countering NPF’s rants about the BJP being anti-Christian, he questioned the NPF whether they (NPF) were Hindus for the last 15 years when BJP and NPF were allies. Supporting his statement, he said Nagas will remain Christians no matter what. The BJP president exuded confidence and said that winning is assured but the PDA candidate should win with a thumping victory. “We are going to vote for unity, peace, development and change.”
Expressing discontentment on TR Zeliang and Dr. Shürhozelie’s leadership, NDPP president Chingwang Konyak stated that both have failed the Nagas since they lack honesty, sincerity.
On the leader of the opposition, TR Zeliang’s statement that the “PDA days are numbered”, Chingwang Konyak challenged whether NPF will be able to safeguard and have all their MLAs secured with them. He also said NPF should talk politics and not religion.
(Page News Service)