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Cong agenda for polls
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, MAR 22 (NPN):
Published on 23 Mar. 2009 12:57 AM IST
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With electioneering just round the corner, the Congress poll agenda would be to accelerate the Naga political talks while seeking the people’s mandate for the party’s Lok Sabha candidate on the strength of being from a national party to address the six-decade old Naga problem which has been included as a national agenda by former prime minister P. V. Narasimha Rao. Stating this at a press meet in his residence Sunday, former chief minister and Congress MLA, K. L. Chishi who was recently appointed as the convener of the Nagaland Pradesh Congress Election Coordination Committee (NPCECC) asserted that the state should send K. Asungba Sangtam , a Padma Shreee awardee and candidate of a national party like the Congress to highlight the Naga issue. He said the Congress in the state would kick off the campaign after the scrutiny was over. Chishi spoke of the benefits of electing a candidate from the National party like the Congress through Asungba, so as to voice the desires of the Nagas He pointed out that Asungba during his two terms as MP had also contributed immensely for the development of the Nagas. “Send a person, educated, well versed in Naga political issues, egos and ethos of Naga people and hasten the process of peace”, Chishi appealed. On the resignations of four former Congress MLAs, now fielded as NPF from the seats they resigned, Chishi urged people not to vote for those who have betrayed their mandate in the 2008 election. Chishi also thanked AICC president Sonia Gandhi for appointing him as Convener of NPCECC for both the state by-elections and the Lok Sabha polls. The NPCECC held its first sitting on Saturday at Tourist Lodge, Dimapur where issues pertaining to the ensuing by-elections in the state and the Lok Sabha poll were discussed. He also disclosed that the party would issue party certificate and ticket to the four candidates for the four by-polls in the state and Lok Sabha election in the presence of Congress Observer AICC, MLA and former Speaker of Delhi Assembly, Subash Chopra at Congress Bhavan, Kohima on March 24. Meanwhile, the state AICC president Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi were expected to address rallies in Dimapur and Tuensang. Though the dates were not disclosed, it was expected that Sonia Gandhi would address the rally in Tuensang while Rahul would also address a rally in Dimapur on the same day.

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