Member of the ruling People’s Democratic Alliance during the official launch of its campaign for the forthcoming bye-election to lone State’s Lok Sabha seat at DDSC Stadum, Dimapur on May 15. (Morung Photo by Soreishim Mahong)
Victory is guaranteed, the question is by what margin, says PDA
Morung Express News
Dimapur | May 15
Buoyed by the huge margin of votes that its component candidates secured during the last state general elections, the People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) on Tuesday kicked off its campaign for the ensuing bye-election to the State’s lone Lok Sabha seat on a confidant note.
The seat fell vacant after the current Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio resigned from the Lok Sabha to contest the Assembly elections. He was later elected unopposed from the Northern Angami-II seat in Kohima district and become the Chief Minister.
The PDA was formed after the declaration of State Assembly election results and comprises of NDPP (18), BJP (12), NPP (2) and one legislator from JD (U) and Independent respectively.
The bye-election slated to be held on May 28 will witness a straight fight between opposition NPF candidate, C. Apok Jamir and ruling PDA-backed NDPP candidate, Tokheho Yepthomi.
At the launching event here today at DDSC staduim Dimapur, various speakers confident of the victory of the PDA candidate, emphasized more increasing the winning margin in terms of lakhs out of the total 1163388 voters.
NDPP Working President, Alemtemshi Jamir informed that the PDA allies secured 521549 lakh votes while the NPF secured 389912 votes out of total 996170 votes casted during the recently concluded elections.
Addressing the gathering, Rio thanked the PDA allies for unanimously accepting NDPP candidate, Tokheho to be their consensus candidate for the by-election.
“Tokheho has more far reaching experience from the grassroot level than the opponent candidate” Rio claimed, appealing the electorate to cast their vote in favour of the PDA’s candidate.
Taking a dig at the Naga People’s Front for attacking the BJP on religious and communal lines, the Chief Minister pointed out that “the Cock party” had ruled the state for the last 15 years with the BJP as its ally.
“They (NPF) ruled the state for the last 15 years in alliance with BJP and now they are criticizing BJP. They did not say anything negative about BJP when they were in power,” he added.
The Chief Minister also scoffed at the NPF for its regional party credential and said that the party is not a “regional party in toto” since it had formed various governments in alliance with Congress and BJP in the past.
NPF continuous wooing of BJP an elusive dream: Rio
“NPF is still trying to woo the BJP but it will never happen and it will only be a dream,” Rio added.
He also defended the BJP saying it is only a political party, not a religious party.
“BJP is not a religious party, neither is NPF, NDPP nor other political parties. We are all working for public welfare,” Rio asserted.
The Chief Minister also highlighted on the various initiatives taken by the PDA government in its 100-day programme and the progress thereof.
Responding to those indigenous tribes of Dimapur expressing displeasure for sidelining their festivals in the proposed mini-Hornbill festival programme, Rio said that all such tribes would get equal opportunities.
He reiterated the call of the government for inclusiveness of all Naga political groups towards bringing in a final solution to the Naga political issue.
“PDA will give all out support to FNR and all other organizations which are pursuing for early settlement of the Naga issue,” the Chief Minister said.
PDA Candidate, Tokheho said that he would accord priority to the long pending Naga political issue and raise strong voice in the Parliament if elected.
Thanking the Chief Minister and the PDA for choosing him as their consensus candidate, he appealed the State electorate to cast their votes in his favour.
Deputy Chief Minister, Y, Patton said that the PDA had chosen the right candidate to represent the State in the Parliament and expressed hoped that Tokheho will win by a huge margin.
NDPP President and Chairman, PDA, Chingwang Konyak said that the victory of the alliance’s candidate would further stabilize the government.
Minister, G. Kaito Aye of JD (U) also urged the people to extend their strong support to the PDA to fulfill its promise of bringing change to the State at par with the rest of the states in the country.
Advisor and NPP legislator Imnatiba urged the people to do away with tribal politics since an MP represents the State and not community.
Advisor, Tovihoto Ayemi appealed the voters to vote for PDA candidate to bring true change to the State.
The PDA’s launching campaign was attended by office bearers and party workers of PDA alliance as well as the general the public.