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NPF to spread wings to all Naga areas

Newly elected NPF central office bearers pose for lens during the NPF general convention, Kohima, Tuesday. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, NOV 18 (NPN):
Published on 19 Nov. 2008 1:10 AM IST
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Realizing the need to shoulder greater responsibilities, Nagaland Peoples’ Front (NPF), the oldest regional party in the State is all set to expand its coverage to the entire Naga-inhabited areas. NPF leaders chief minister Neiphiu Rio and Rajya Sabha MP Khekiho Zhimomi disclosed this while addressing the NPF General Convention held at the Indira Gandhi Stadium here Tuesday. “As a political party that stands to strive for fulfilling our people’s cry, it is time for us to step out and carry greater responsibilities across all regions inhabited by the Nagas,” the chief minister said. Similarly, Rajya Sabha MP Khekiho said “an urgent task at hand (for the NPF party) is to expand electorate coverage to all Naga inhabited areas” and assured that he would do everything possible in this regard. “As Nagas strive for lasting peace through political dialogue, the NPF being the only functioning regional party in the state and being one of the oldest regional political organizations in the region must carry the desire of the Nagas across all imaginary man made boundaries,” Rio said. Stressing on the need for unity and oneness among the different sections of the Nagas, Rio in his address said Nagas must realize that “we can no longer be hurdles to our own growth and progress” and that “a section that is not part of the solution cannot deny that they are part of the problem.” Claiming that DAN government had been a hallmark of peace, development, growth and progress, he also said the various long-terms programme and policies framed by the DAN government were appreciated by the people. On the government’s initiative to bring development and uplift the state economy, the chief minister said “from Israeli innovation to Korean technology, we are looking for ways to encourage investments and use foreign expertise and technology to uplift the welfare of our state.” NPF president and Urban Development minister Dr. Shiirhozelie Lieziestu in his presidential address said the NPF was the oldest regional political party in the State and that the party had been protecting and preserving the rights and identity of the Naga people. Former minister Noke Konyak, former Home minister Thenucho, Minister for Soil & Water Conservation P. Longon, Forest & Excise minister M.C. Konyak and veteran NPF leader T. Kikon also addressed the convention Various cultural troupes presented songs and dances during the four-long function. Earlier, NPF secretary general Chubatemjen who delivered welcome address, expressed satisfaction that his resignation from the NPF party tendered in April had finally been accepted. Shurhozelie re-elected Dr. Shurhozelie Liezietsu was re-elected as the president of the NPF party at the NPF General Convention held Tuesday. Other newly elected NPF central office bearers include Apong Pongner (working president), KG Kenye (secretary general) along with nine other vice presidents and general secretaries respectively.

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