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Erstwhile NCP legislators welcomed to NPF fold

(L to R) - KG Kenye, secretary general NPF, NPF president Dr. Shürhozelie, chief minister Neiphiu Rio, Dr. Chumben Murry and S. Pangnyu Phom. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, FEB 17 (NPN):
Published on 18 Feb. 2011 1:12 AM IST
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A formal welcome programme for the erstwhile NCP legislators and party workers into the Naga People’s Front (NPF) fold was held on Thursday at the NPF central office, Kohima.
Addressing the gathering chief minister Neiphiu Rio said the party has once again made history in felicitating the 2 NCP legislators Dr. Chumben Murry and S. Pangnyu Phom along with party workers and supporters joining the NPF.
Recalling that the DAN alliance won 30 seats (26 NPF, BJP and NCP -2 each) in the 2008 state general elections, the chief minister said the DAN alliance was firm and committed to the pre-poll alliance, and with the help of six Independents formed the DAN-II Government under his leadership. For this, he thanked all the DAN and Independent legislators and the rank and file of DAN partners.
Rio claimed the six Independents were physically with NPF, though because of legal position they were not amalgamating with the party, and added that with such support and cooperation; the party has been made stronger, thus enabling the government to serve the people.
On the merger of NCP with NPF, Rio said the move has strengthened the party and vowed it would continue serving the Naga people.
Revealing the two legislators during the merger were apprehensive considering what NCP leaders Sharad Pawar and PA Sangma would say, Rio informed that gathering that when he and his colleagues went to Delhi to explain the position to PA Sangma at his residence, the latter fully accepted the merger of NCP with NPF and stated that the friendship, understanding should be bigger and stronger.
Rio also expressed gratitude to the speaker, deputy speaker and the assembly secretariat staff for completing all the formalities of the merger.
He said the NPF at present, stood on solid ground and would continue to be the torch bearer of the Nagas.
In his address, minister for agriculture Dr. Chumben Murry, thanked chief minister, NPF president and NPF for accepting him as well as Pangnyu into the party fold. He said NCP and NPF were coalition partners and that it was not a shift of loyalty, but strengthening the loyalty of the coalition partner. He alleged the merger happened at the most opportune time in the general interest of the people, whom they represented.
Further, Dr. Chumben revealed that there were 21 members in the highest body of state NCP committee, of which, 16 members (2/3 majority) signed for the merger.
Parliamentary secretary for rural development, SIRD and REPA, S. Pangnyu Phom, on behalf of Longleng district thanked the NPF for warmly welcoming them into their fold. Expressing honor to be associated with the regional political party, Pangnyu recalled that he joined the NCP out of compulsion as the political scenario in 2008 was critical. He also lauded the dynamic leadership of Neiphiu Rio, NPF president, Dr. Shurhozelie who stood by his principle, NPF office bearers and party workers in leading the NPF party to greater heights. The programme was chaired by NPF secretary general KG Kenye, invocation by state chaplain Rev K. Luruo, while power minister, Doshehe Y Sema proposed the vote of thanks.
NPF confident of retaining power
The Naga Peoples’ Front (NPF) has expressed confidence of retaining power for the third term.
“God willing, our feelings are elated that our coming back to power for the third term is more or less ensured” said NPF president Dr. Shürhozelie in his welcome address at the felicitation programme for the erstwhile NCP legislators and party workers into the NPF on Thursday at Kohima.
“We cannot afford to underestimate others, but due to circumstances happening in the other camp, our position has become more safe,” he maintained.
He welcomed Dr. Chumben Murry, Pangnyu Phom, all their party leaders and followers who joined NPF and described their merger as a political sagacity and political farsightedness.
Further, he said many parties, regional as well as national, came but disappeared in due course of time, stating “This is because the focus for our Naga people is only on the fight between one regional party and one national party,” he added.
Dr. Shürhozelie reiterated the NPF party stood for solution of Naga political problem and that it supported the ongoing peace process. He said the Nagas were hoping for a political solution soon, but in case it gets delayed constitutionally, he added the state would face another election two years from now and called all party men to be prepared.
Rio also asserted that NPF led DAN was on the course of coming to power for the third time. Exuding confidence, Rio said, “With blessings of Almighty God, unity, cooperation and support from the party and people, we hope we will make it”.

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