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NPF, PDA to support each other
Correspondent KOHIMA, MAR 24 (NPN):
Published on 25 Mar. 2009 12:49 AM IST
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In a major political development, the Nagaland People’s Front (NPF) of Nagaland and the People Democratic Alliance (PDA) of Manipur on Tuesday struck a deal to support each other in the forthcoming parliamentary election. A delegation of Naga legislators from Manipur led by sitting MP and PDA candidate for the outer Manipur Parliamentary Constituency, Mani Charenamai had a marathon closed door meeting with chief minister Neiphiu Rio and NPF party officials and struck the deal here. The MP and PDA candidate was accompanied by four Naga MLAs including Marung Mokunga, M.Thohru, K.Raina, W.Kieshing and Awangbow Newmai. On the other hand, the NPF party was led by its president, Dr.Shurhozelie Liezietsu and Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio and also included Speaker, Kiyanilie Peseyie, Planning Minister, T.R.Zeliang, Advisor to CM, Z. Lohe and other party officials. The closed door meeting which was held at the conference hall of the NPF Party Headquarter here lasted for more than one and half hour. “Since both are regional party, we’ve decided to support each other in the forthcoming parliamentary election” said Planning Minister, T. R. Zeliang said after coming out of the meeting. He however denied pre-poll alliance deal between the two regional parties. On the other hand, the visiting Naga legislators’ delegation from Manipur termed their visit as a “good will mission”. “ It may be mentioned that the NPF for the first time had decided to go outside Nagaland and extend their support to selected candidates of the neighbouring states of Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. In Assam, the NPF had reportedly decided to extend their support to the candidature of ASDC candidate Alwyn who will be contesting from Autonomous Parliamentary constituency (Karbi Anglong) while in Arunachal Pradesh it had decided to support the candidature ofWanglet who is contesting as an independent candidate.

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