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Discordant notes at NPF meet
Staff Reporter, DIMAPUR, NOV 19 (NPN):
Published on 20 Nov. 2008 1:58 AM IST
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At the annual general conference of the ruling coalition Nagaland Peoples’ Front (NPF) held at the Indira Gandhi Stadium, Kohima, on November 18, the speeches of veteran regionalists and former ministers Noke Konyak and Thenucho were indications that everything was not as hunky dory within the party. Noke Konyak, in his stirring speech had lamented what he explained, were sabotage by some partymen who had worked against the official candidates in favour of Independent candidates during the February elections. The NPF had managed to contest 56 seats after several who were denied Congress tickets joined the NPF. The party won 26 seats and with the help of BJP, Independents and NCP was able to cobble up the required majority of 34 in a house of 60. Noke had said the party could have won a majority on its own had not some partymen worked against the official candidates. He cautioned the party against following the same practice as in the Congress with regard to sabotaging the fortunes of official party candidates.In another speech, former home minister Thenucho echoed similar sentiments. Thenucho in particular rued that there were some who accused veteran regionalists of trying to claim “ownership” of the party. He said the NPF stood for the aspirations of all Nagas and followed the true democratic system where inner party democracy was the rule. He also lamented that there was no inner party democracy in the NPF.

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