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NPF to spread wing but in no hurry: Dr.Shurhozelie
Correspondent Kohima:
Published on 17 Dec. 2008 2:14 AM IST
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The Nagaland People Front (NPF) party, one of the oldest regional political party in the country is all set to expand its wing to three of its neighbouring states Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur where there is a large chunk of Naga population. "We had made up our mind to spread our wings, and active consultation is on", Dr.Shurhozelie Liezietsu, Minister for Urban Development and Higher Education who was re-elected as the NPF Party recently told the Nagaland Post in an exclusive interview. On the advantages of the NPF spreading its wings to the three neighbouring states, he said the regional party NPF and the Nagas as a whole will have stronger voice and also the party can ultimately be recognized as a National Party and enjoy the facilities of a national party, the NPF supremo said. He however said that the party is not in a hurry or have any time frame in spreading its wing. "We don't aim for a time frame and we're not in a hurry." As of now people are welcoming the move of the NPF party, he claimed but at the same time admitted that expanding the party is not an easy task as it could misfire. People have to be convinced and organized from the grassroot level he said and went on to add, if our neighbouring state can set up NPF wings in their respective state, it will be very good. It may be recalled that the NPF party move to expand its area coverage to the entire Naga inhabited areas was mooted by both the state chief minister Neiphiu Rio and the lone Rajya Sabha MP Khekiho during the NPF general convention held at the IG Stadium Kohima earlier. Reacting to another query, the NPF chief reiterated that the present arrangement of the DAN coalition is a pre-poll alliance and the NPF remains committed to it. In this regard, he also ruled out the NPF of going alone in the forthcoming parliamentary election scheduled for early next year. 'It will be a DAN candidate', he added.

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