Battle for pride: 'Retain seat to strengthen the ruling party' 

Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio
Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio

Morung Express news 
Kohima | October 24

A unified tone of star campaigners for NDPP’s consensus candidate called villagers to vote for Medo Yhokha to retain the incumbent seat not only to the strengthen the ruling People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) government but as a matter of ‘regional’ pride. 

Star campaigners including Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, President Chingwang Konyak, Advisors and ministers Dr. Nicky Kire, Neiba Kronu and others attended campaigns at Jakhama and Phesama village under 14-Southern Angami-I Assembly Constituency for the forthcoming bye-elections to the Nagaland Legislative Assembly scheduled on November 3 this evening. 

‘Trust and respect that our community have earned from other tribes is because our elder politicians practiced transparency and diligence,’ the CM opined while attributing his success in politics to this. 

Describing the region’s leadership in the past as vibrant, he reminisced the role and contribution of Lt Vikho-o Yhoshü, calling him trustworthy and reliable. 

‘We have to not only vote for the success of the ruling party under the leadership of an Angami at the top but also aim for a strong mandate to retain the pride of our people,” he urged. 

He shared major issues and concerns in the state at present including the Indo-Naga political solution, COVID19 pandemic and delimitation among others. These aspects which he held important to address signaled towards the party’s victory in the constituency as an advantage. 

On Indo-Naga political, Rio reminded it has to be pursued in a democratic process which has to ‘evolve’ in its time. 
The party ticket of the NDPP was a tough decision with four persons on the race for securing the ticket, the CM later opined pointing towards the trust and confidence that most of them had for the NDPP, further appreciating them for still backing the party. 

NDPP candidate Yhokha, who was former PRO of the late ex-speaker of Nagaland, Yhoshü, meanwhile gave his commitment to work towards inclusivity taking into account the welfare of the women, old-aged citizens, needy people and his constituency in general and called the village folks to work together for progress.