Winding up his election campaign, K. Asungba Sangtam toured Ungma and Khensa villages as the time for parliamentary election officially came to an end Tuesday. Speaking to Ungma villagers, the Congress candidate lamented how the previous MP from the state failed to raise the Naga issue in the Parliament.
Asungba assigned this failure to the NPF party, a regional party that remained Independent and “unattached members” in the Parliament, adding that it was better Nagas were represented in the Parliament by a national party.
Asungba also said the Naga issue should be settled at the earliest for peace, development to reign in the state. He queried how the peace process was being dragged and said “We can’t go on like this (Peace Process)”.
He promised to play the role of a facilitator and keep the peace talk on “fast-track” at the earliest if elected. He further appealed the electorates to vote for Congress as UPA was coming to power again, and went on to add a regional party MP in the parliament would be sitting in a corner for 5 years with no voice thus depriving the Nagas the best opportunity. He called upon the people not to lose opportunity but to vote for Congress and said India was watching how the Nagas were going to decide.
The meeting was attended by MLA C. Apok Jamir who in his speech said it was a crucial time for the people of Ungma village, and also deliberated on the difference between regional and national parties stating the former was voiceless and without strength in the parliament. He also urged the villagers to play the role of a father figure among the Aos and to give their verdict accordingly.
It may also be mentioned that the Congress candidate ended his election campaign at Khensa village Tuesday.