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Sangma campaigns for DAN

(4th from left) Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) general secretary, PA Sangma and state chief minister, Neiphiu Rio along with other dignitaries at DAN election rally at DDSC Stadium, Dimapur on Monday. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, APR 6 (NPN):
Published on 7 Apr. 2009 12:56 AM IST
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Veteran politician from Meghalaya and NCP leader P.A. Sangma has appealed to the electorate of Nagaland to vote for DAN candidate C.M.Chang for the Lok Sabha and NPF candidates at the bye-elections while addressing the DAN rally held at the DDSC stadium here Monday. Sangma was campaigning in Nagaland as convenor of the north east forum of non-Congress parties which seeks to provide an effective lobby in parliament. The NCP leader also said the forum partners have set up 24 candidates except in one Lok Sabha constituency in Tripura besides supporting three others in West Bengal. Sangma expressed optimism that the forum and candidates backed by it would be able to sign 12 to 15 Lok Sabha seats. Continuing with his tirade against his former party the Congress, Sangma described the imposition of President’s Rule in his home state even after winning the floor test as unconstitutional and illegal. He also said the DAN coalition in Nagaland was similarly dismissed in 2007 and central rule imposed and termed it a “shameless act” of the Congress. The former Lok Sabha Speaker said he himself had campaigned for the Congress for two months in Nagaland way back in 1982 during SC Jamir’s chief ministership promising “prosperous and beautiful Nagaland” but that the Congress did not keep its promise. Sangma and his entourage arrived late for the rally after addressing another rally in Jalukie. Nagaland chief minister, Neiphiu Rio took another dig at his erstwhile colleague and NPF Lok Sabha MP Wangyuh Konyak, currently contesting the by election for Tizit as Congress candidate. Rio asked people to differentiate between “betraying and sacrificing.” He pointed out Wangyuh Konyak’s act of selling his vote for the UPA in Delhi as “betraying” and the four erstwhile Congress MLAs who resigned and joined the NPF as “sacrificing.”Reacting to the news item that the school teachers have not been paid salary for two months, Rio said the salaries have been withheld to check into the bogus appointment of teachers which has resulted in an annual loss of rupees 30 crores. DAN’s consensus candidate CM Chang reiterated that he would not betray the Nagas unlike the previous LS MP and appealed the people to elect him to fight and speak for the Naga people in the parliament. He also particularly urged the electorate in Dimapur to vote for him so that he could make Dimapur the “gate way of Naga solution.” NPF candidate for 3 Dimapur III A/C, Azheto Zhimomi clarifying his resignation from the assembly said he has not betrayed the people’s trust but sacrificed for the people of his constituency and for development of Dimapur district. The NPF candidate also said he has not betrayed the Congress party either as he had not made any agreement to stay with them. He appealed to the people of Dimapur especially the Dimapur III citizens to vote for him so that he can bring required development for the constituency which he could not do in his earlier capacity as an opposition MLA. National BJP secretary and in-charge of northeast, Chandrashekhar; national JDU Mahila general secretary, Deepti Sharma, Nagaland Rajya Sabha MP, H. Khekiho Zhimomi also spoke at the rally which started one and half hour behind the schedule. Former Meghalaya finance minister, Conrad K. Sangma, Nagaland ministers, parliamentary secretaries, political party leaders of the DAN alliance including the BJP, NCP, and JDU also attended the rally.

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