Tseminyu, February 12 (MExN): President of the Naga People’s Front (NPF), Dr. Shürhozelie Liezietsu today stated the 2018 general election is not just a contest between the political parties for the formation of government, “but it will be a contest between outside forces and the force of the Naga people.”
He warned that a day would come “when the whole Naga people shall suffer and our identity might perish if we do not realize what force is penetrating into our land.”
Addressing an election rally for NPF candidate, Loguseng Semp (Logus) at Tseminyu Town, Dr. Shürhozelie further cautioned many tall Naga leaders succumbing to power and money would soon land the Naga people into great trouble if they are voted to power, according to a press release from NPF Press Bureau.
Therefore, he said, 2018 election unlike the other elections is a “selection between the destruction or preservation of the Naga people and their identity.”
The NPF president admitted that in 15-year rule of NPF government, many achievements have taken place but the 12th house saw the greatest crisis in the history of Nagaland government and the crisis had developed due to some “corrupt and power-mongering leaders,” the release said.
However, he maintained that many of these leaders were dropped from the NPF party and were denied party tickets. As promised, he said, the NPF has fielded “fresh, capable and winnable leaders who have concern for the uplift of the Naga people.”
Dr. Shürhozelie also reminded the Naga people that during elections many political parties come up with “tall promises in their manifestos just to lure the voters but the NPF party manifesto is written on a pragmatic way which is achievable and is purely for the development of the people and the state.”
He also told the gathering that the regional party NPF which was formed in the year 1964 is “not only a political party but it represents the identity of the Naga people, so why we give our future to other political parties which will be a destructive to our identity and the society.”
Asking which party stands and belongs to the Naga people and which party can really work for the Naga people, he urged every individual to use their wisdom and decide accordingly in the coming election.
He expressed hope that NPF will form the next government and Logus would be a part of it.
Meanwhile, Logus in his speech expressed gratitude to the party rank and file and particularly his constituency people for reposing their confidence on him and allotting him the NPF ticket. He pointed out that he had joined the NPF party because “the NPF party aims and objectives represent the Naga identity and upliftment of the Naga society” and assured to work for the people if elected.
The working president of Central NPF women wing, Khriezobeinuo Sanchu and Pele Khezhie also spoke in the election rally.