Upcoming elections crucial, says NPF as it dismisses differences among legislators

Distributes party’s tickets for Aonglenden, Outer Manipur constituencies

Our Correspondent

Kohima | March 19

Naga People’s Front (NPF) president Dr Shürhozelie Liezietsu today said that “both the ensuing bye-election in Aonglenden A/C and the Lok Sabha elections in the Outer Manipur Parliamentary Constituency are very crucial for us.”

Stating this during the party ticket distribution ceremony here at NPF Central Office, he said the North East Region have been confronted with some problem which poses great danger to the future generation of the region.

NPF awarded party ticket to Dr Lorho S Pfoze for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections for Manipur Outer Parliamentary Constituency and Toshipokba for bye-election to 26-Aonglenden Assembly Constituency in Nagaland Legislative Assembly.

He said the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill which was passed by the Lok Sabha on January 8 last is to allow people of a certain community to avail the opportunity to become citizens of India by exempting certain acts and rules like Passport Act, 1920 and Foreigners Act, 1946.

The BJP government at the Centre, he said, is determined to pass this Act in spite of the fact that the whole North East is against it.

Expressing fear that the BJP government will not bother for the people of North East once they get the opportunity to pass this Bill in the Rajya Sabha, the NPF president called upon the gathering to “take precaution by way of defeating the forces which are determined to place our future into a situation which threatens our very existence.”

This Bill is a real threat to the existence of the people of the North East, he said, adding that “if we make a mistake here, posterity will not forgive us.”
Dr Shürhozelie pointed that Nagaland government has already declared on the national screen that they would not go against the Bill but only when they saw the mood of the people, they took some steps to cover up the blunder they have committed.

For NPF, he said “we have made our position very clear that we are deadly against it and the NPF Member of Parliament in Rajya Sabha would go against it if the Bill comes up in the House.”

Stating that for the moment, it (CAB) is on hold, but if the communal forces return, they are determined to pass it, the NPF president called all to work hard so that they would play their part fairly and do justice to the future generation.

No differences; chapter is closed: Zeliang, Shürhozelie on alleged division

NPF Legislature Party leader TR Zeliang maintained that the 26-Aonglenden Assembly seat is very crucial and important for the NPF, stating that winning the seat would help the Party to move closer to the magic figure in the State Assembly.

He appealed the Party legislators and the rank and file to work hard to win the seat.

Zeliang further dismissed the recent reports that the NPF is a “divided House” in the backdrop of 19 NPF MLAs proposing the possibility of allying with the NDPP in the Assembly.

Contrary to the reports, he defended that it was the NDPP who approached the 19 MLAs to resign from the NPF or merge with the NDPP.

He called for putting a close to the rumor and working for the success of the NPF candidates.

On this, party president Dr Shürhozelie said, “The chapter is closed.”