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NPF looking forward to 2013 polls, calls it ‘Big Battle’
Correspondent KOHIMA, MAY 13 (NPN):
Published on 14 May. 2011 12:53 AM IST
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After wresting the prestigious 26 Aonglenden seat in the May 7 by poll, chief minister Neiphiu Rio said the NPF led DAN government was looking forward to the big battle of 2013 general elections.
Addressing the media on Friday at NPF Central office, Kohima Rio exuded confidence that the NPF would perform better in the coming days as the party was performing better and better and also being strengthened after every election.
He said that vote of the people of 26 Aonglengden was for change and has inspired the NPF led DAN government to be more responsible and encouraged, to serve the people better.
He however reminded that the victory should also make the party more humble besides saying that the contest was not against Dr S.C Jamir as an individual, but over policies and programs of political parties.
Rio also thanked all his colleagues in the government for explaining the policies and programs of the DAN government to the people. He said the victory was a victory of the people and a sign of the maturity of democracy of Naga society.
Asserting that the victory was a clear indication that the DAN government was performing in all fronts, Rio also assured that DAN would continue to work for the development and welfare of the people and uplift the masses particular in rural areas.
On the alleged involvement of government machineries as leveled by the Congress Party, Rio said termed it as unfortunate. He said the by election was successfully conducted in a free and fair manner under a peaceful environment that enabled the people of the constituency to exercise their franchise freely.
He also congratulated the Election Commission of India, the CEO and officials, the district administration, police, central para-military forces and the polling officials for the smooth, free and fair conduct of the bye elections.
In a press statement, Rio appreciated the civil societies, including the Ao Senden, AKM, Churches, organizations and NGOs for their positive role in ensuring conduct of free, fair and peaceful elections and also to Aonglengden for voting for believing in youth and for expressing faith in the DAN and the people of Mokokchung town for playing a positive role in ensuring conduct of successful and democratic election. He also lauded the role played by both print and electronic media in a responsible manner in reporting the day to day progress of the elections.
He also congratulated the entire rank and file of the NPF, especially the leaders and grass root workers of Aonglenden and Mokokchung division for their tireless work to ensure victory of the NPF candidate. Further he congratulated the exemplary leadership of NPF President Dr. Shurhozelie and all leaders of the NPF central office for steering the party’s ship in the most successfully manner.
Commenting on the defeat of Dr. S.C Jamir in the bye-polls, NPF president Dr. Shurhozelie Liezietsu stated that “We feel that his political era is over already and we must speak good of the past.”

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