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Ex Ind candidate joins NCP
Correspondent KOHIMA:
Published on 28 Mar. 2009 12:16 AM IST
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In the continuing political development just ahead of parliamentary election, former Independent candidate from12-Tsemenyu A/C Er. Levi Rengma formally joined the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) along his supporters Friday. Er. Levi and his supporters were formally welcomed to the NCP party fold by the NCP president Povotso Lohe and other NCP officials in a simple function held at the party head office. NPF had openly stated that their house are full, but in the NCP there were lots of vacancies, NCP president Povotso Lohe said while welcoming Er.Levi and his supporter. He however said that NCP was a small party in the state and it want quality people and doesn’t resort to randomly accepting people to the party fold. He pointed out that the NCP presently has 11 MPs in the outgoing house of parliament (Lokh Sabha), 6 MPs in the Rajya Sabha and also351 MLAs in the country that includes two MLAs in the present Nagaland Legislative Assembly. In the forthcoming parliamentary election, the party is expecting to win 30 to 40 seats, he stated. NCP general secretary Chenny Magh also welcomed Er. Levi to the party fold and expressed hope his joining would strengthen the hands of the party and also chief minister Neiphiu Rio and the DAN government. Both the NCP President and general secretary also called upon the party workers including the newly joined to work hard for the success of the DAN consensus candidate in the forthcoming election. Er. Levi in his brief address said he had realized that to be in politics to remain as an independent is like an orphan for which he had decided to join political party, and that though INC and BJP were a well establish national party, they’ve failed to understand and looked after the minority and the underdeveloped people. NCP as a national party however had demonstrated that by putting P.A. Sangma, who himself is a tribal minority hailing from underdeveloped area as the party second in command, he said. In a separate statement, Er Levi stated he along with his supporters decided to join the NCP en-bloc willfully without any condition in order to strengthen and build the NCP in the state as well as national level and with a view and commitment to strengthen the DAN coalition government under the undisputed and able leadership of chief minister Neiphiu Rio popularly known as “The people’s Chief Minister” and under the leadership of Dr. Chumben Murry and Pangnyu Phom. Further, he along with his supporters also resolved to lend their unflinching support to the DAN consensus candidate CM Chang for the forthcoming parliamentary election and also the DAN candidates for the four assembly constituencies which are going for bye-election.

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