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Rio fires ‘Bedrock’ salvo at Cong.
Correspondent VISWEMA, APR 7(NPN):
Published on 8 Apr. 2009 2:05 AM IST
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Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio in his campaign trail for the DAN consensus candidate CM Chang Tuesday reached Viswema, one of the Congress stronghold constituencies in Kohima district and the home turf constituency and hometown of the NPCC president K. V. Pusa. Rio reiterated that the issue of the controversial “Bedrock of the Naga Society” cannot be a closed chapter as claimed by the rival Congress unless it officially tenders apology to the Nagas and return to the mainstream. He said the Congress has no moral right even to speak of the Naga issue and alleged it was only trying to mislead the people with vile allegations. He pointed out that Nagas were proud people fighting for sovereignty and stressed the need to maintain their separate identity even as it remained under the Indian constitution. He reminded of how the NPF candidate in the last parliamentary election had won with a margin of more than 4 lakh votes which was the second highest margin in the entire country and appealed the people to vote for CM Chang and break the record to be the highest in the country. According to Rio, Delhi would respect “us” if its candidate won the election with highest margin in the country. He also exuded confidence that the DAN consensus candidate would win the parliamentary election. NPF President, Dr. Shurhozelie Liezietsu said the DAN need not to play its trumpet as people were there to judge which government was performing. He also urged the electorate to vote for the DAN consensus candidate to strengthen the hands of the regional party. DAN consensus candidate CM Chang reiterated that his top priority was to pursue the Naga political issue if elected. Former election agent of Asungba Sangtam, Congress candidate, Vitsorel who defected to the NPF recently and also the former Independent candidate from 15-Southern Angami-II A/C Sedehol Sale also spoke on the occasion. MLA and convenor Campaign Committee, Kohima Division, Dr. Nicky Kire chaired the programme while the welcome speech was delivered by Dr. Atha Vizol and vote of thanks proposed by Vikho-o Yhoshu, MLA, co- convenor campaign committee, Kohima division.

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