Dr. Shürhozelie calls for defeating ‘communal forces’ in Lok Sabha polls

Dr. Shürhozelie calls for defeating ‘communal forces’ in Lok Sabha polls
Dr. Shurhozelie with (L) Toshipokba and Dr. Lorho S Pfoze during the ticket distribution. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, MAR 19 (NPN) | Publish Date: 3/19/2019 11:40:19 AM IST

The contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) is likely to become a major issue in this ensuing Lok Sabha election.

NPF president Dr Shürhozelie Liezietsu has warned that the future of Nagas would be imperilled if “communal forces” return to power as they would pass the CAB.

Speaking at a ticket distribution ceremony for 26 Aonglenden Assembly Constituency (A/C) and outer Manipur Parliamentary constituency (PC) in Manipur held at the party’s headquarters here on Tuesday, he gave a clarion call to party workers to work hard for defeating the “communal forces”.

NPF has fielded Toshipokba for the by-election to 26 Aonglenden A/C and Dr. Lorho S Pfoze from outer Manipur PC.

He said both the by-election and Lok Sabha election were crucial for the party by stating that CAB was a real threat to the existence of indigenous people of the Northeast.

Liezietsu said if NPF committed any mistake, posterity would not forgive the party, adding that there were political parties and leaders supporting the communal forces that would bring danger to the region.

The NPF president reminded that the PDA government had declared not to oppose the Bill but, seeing the public mood, backtracked and tried to cover up its blunder.

He pointed out that NPF had made its position very clear that it was opposed to the Bill and that even the party’s Rajya Sabha member KG Kenye had stated publicly to oppose the Bill, if it was brought up in the House.

Stating that party ticket was “an authorisation, a license” to legalise the status of a person concerned in the eyes of election laws and a blessing from the party, Liezietsu insisted that the ticket should be valued by the candidates, while urging the electorate to ensure that NPF candidates get through the electoral process successfully.

He said there were two candidates initially for Aonglenden AC– Toshipokba and Dr Wati Zulu, a doctor by profession. He, however, added that Wati gave way in favour of Toshipokba that, according to Liezietsu, was “a rare act of brave heart”.

For Manipur Outer PC, he said NPF had decided to award ticket to Pfoze, who was also a doctor by profession, while appreciating Samuel Risom and BD Behring for displaying their “magnanimity” by agreeing to pull out from the race in the interest and welfare of the party.

Mentioning that his party was trying to figure out how best to ensure that secular forces work together, Liezietsu announced that NPF was looking forward to making “some adjustments” with some like-minded parties, adding that this would be declared in a day or two.

Speaking on the occasion, NPF Legislature Party leader TR Zeliang said, if the party’s candidate wins the by-poll, it would bring the party closer to getting near the magic figure and form the government in the State. Thus, he said the by-poll was very important. He appealed to the party workers to shun internal strife and march forward for the elections.

In his brief speech, Toshipokba said he witnessed real democracy in the party, asserting that only NPF recognised even the smallest of its loyal supporters. 

He said it was the fifth consecutive time that the party had given him ticket – for three general elections and two by-elections – and acknowledged Wati for exhibiting “political maturity”.

Toshipokba said he accepted the NPF ticket with a firm resolve to work for public welfare and assured of using all his abilities and resources to win the by-poll.

The by-poll being crucial, he appealed to the party president and colleagues and workers to give complete support.

On his part, Pfoze expressed his gratitude to the party for reposing confidence and faith on him, adding Parliament election had many challenges. He, however, exuded confidence of battling it out with success. 

Alleging that Nagas in Manipur faced many problems as the State government did not give ear to the community’s grievances, he claimed that NPF had been playing a major role to highlight their grievances. He asserted that NPF was here to stay and that the movement runs in the blood of the Nagas living in Manipur.

He committed to work for the interest of Nagas and other tribal communities of Manipur and urged party workers to ensure NPF’s victory.

Liezietsu handed over the party tickets. 

Legislator Imkong L Imchen and Rajya Sabha member KG Kenye also spoke at the meeting, which was attended by a host of party workers from both Nagaland and Manipur. 

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