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NPF hits wall in Arunachal Pradesh
Published on 30 Aug. 2009 12:52 AM IST
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The Nagaland Peoples Front (NPF)’s attempt to enter into the election fray in Arunachal Pradesh ran into a wall Friday with the All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) opposing the move to field candidates in 12 Assembly constituencies in insurgency-ridden Tirap and Changlang districts, bordering Nagaland. According to The Telegraph report, the apex students’ body voiced concern over the NPF’s campaign for garnering support for their projected candidates in two of the most disturbed districts of the state. It also sought the “immediate intervention” of Governor Gen. (retd), J.J. Singh to thwart the bid from the Naga party. “We have learnt that the NPF, which made its intentions clear about making inroads into Arunachal politics, is engaging its cadres to campaign for its projected candidates in all Assembly segments in Tirap and Changlang. The campaign is being led by Z. Lohi, former Speaker and present adviser to Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio, NPF vice-president Thanwang Wancho, former MLA Tinkhap Wangnau and NPF member Wenkhang Konyak. The AAPSU opposes the move tooth and nail as propagation of politics covertly in the name of origin, community and region is a not a healthy sign. The people of the state will not tolerate the treacherous design of the NPF. “As the apex students’ union, the AAPSU, which is earnestly striving to keep such elements away from creating schisms among the ethnic communities of the state, has sought the intervention of the governor, who is empowered to invoke provisions of Article 371 (H) in such situations,” AAPSU president Takam Tatung said. He said the claim of the Nagaland-based political party that leaders from Arunachal have also participated in its meetings would only disrupt the existing peaceful political set-up in the state. Tatung said innocent people of the state cannot be hoodwinked as they are aware that people living within the territory of state are Arunachalees first. and any machination to create rift among Arunachalees will be duly dealt with. The students’ union cautioned political leaders of the state to disengage themselves from such misadventures and warned that anybody hobnobbing with such imposters will be declared anti-Arunachalee. It called upon the people of the state to completely reject such fraud leaders.

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