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Ruling candidates’ defeat won’t change government: Rio

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Kohima, October 26: Ruling Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) today maintained that the defeat of ruling PDA candidates in the ensuing November 3 bye-elections to two Assembly seats would not change the current status of the government.
Speaking during an election rally for NDPP candidate Medo Yhokha at Mima village, Nagaland Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio said even as the official candidates PDA government losses it would not have any impact of the present formation as the PDA government has the required number and is comfortable.
Nonetheless, he said the Naga people have trust on the leadership of the Angamis because of which he has become the Chief Minister for the fourth time and it is a blessing for the Tenyimi community.
Rio therefore said if Medo Yhokha, who is contesting the 14 Southern Angami seat, which had been occupied by the ruling NDPP MLA late Vikho-o Yhoshü, loses it would be a shame on his (Rio) leadership and the trust of the Nagas on the Angamis.
In this, he requested the electorates of the area to vote for Yhokha as it would voting for his own leadership.
Responding to Zeliang’s allegation during a separate election rally at Mima village for NDPP candidate Medo Yhokha tonight, Rio said the said the four lane project from Dimapur to Kohima was the fulfillment of the then Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee during his visit to the State in 2003.
While four lane is being implemented till Zubza, the four lane bye-pass till Southern Angami region has been cancelled due to non feasibility report because of the unstable land but two lane road would be constructed, Rio said.
Rio also changed his statement on meeting with Union HM on Naga political issue saying that during the more than 23 years of talks all competencies have been worked out except for the contentious issues of separate flag and constitution. He said Shah had informed that though sovereignty would not be possible but discussions are in progress on the issues of flag and constitution for the Naga people.
During this crucial time when a solution is likely to come, Naga people need a strong and stable government for which Naga people need to strengthen the hands of the ruling PDA government by electing its candidate, Rio said.
The past generation leaders signed an agreement which brought about statehood to Nagaland while the present generation also needs to sign a new agreement in order to upgrade the status of the Naga people, said Rio.
Meanwhile, Rio while saying NPF divided the house and has many false leaders said “if they continue like this they may even vanish”.
NDPP secretary general Abu Metha reiterated that his party was formed to bring change in the State under the leadership of Rio.
The Naga people and the Central leaders including the Prime Minister has trust on Rio’s leadership, who has come back to the State to unite the Naga people and take the Naga political issue forward.
On the other hand, while describing Yhokha as a young leader who has been a student leader and worked as PRO to the Late Speaker Vikho-o Yhoshu, Metha said Yhokha is a well experienced person and also has the caliber to work together for the welfare of the people with the government.
Further, Metha declared that the NPF nominee Kikovi Kirha would remain in opposition bench, but even if the Independent candidate Seyievilie Peter Zashumo would not be accommodated in the PDA as the present coalition has the required number.
He therefore urged the voters to bless the ruling candidate with their votes.
Advisors Dr Neikiesalie Nicky Kire and Zale Neikha also wooed the electorates elect Yhokha as their representative.
Later, Chief Minister Rio campaigned for Yhokha at his village in Kigwema.
Advisors Mhathung Yanthan and K T Sukhalu along with NDPP president Chingwang Konyak and other party functionaries also accompanied Rio during the two rallies. (Page News Service)

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