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Rio, Zeliang hit campaign trail for by-poll

Rio, Zeliang hit campaign trail for by-poll
Neiphiu Rio and T.R. Zeliang
Correspondent KOHIMA,OCT 27 (NPN) | Publish Date: 10/27/2020 1:24:48 PM IST

 Nagaland requires stable govt: Rio 

State chief minister Neiphiu Rio said since the Naga issue was at its final stage and with various issues confronting the State, people needed a stable government during the crucial stage. Rio urged the people to empower the ruling coalition, which strived for welfare of the Nagas, by voting in favour of its consensus candidate. 
He said this while addressing campaign meeting for NDPP/PDA consensus candidate Medo Yhokha at Pfuchama Panchayat Hall on Tuesday adding victory of the ruling candidate would strengthen the hands of the PDA coalition for a stable and stronger government at such a crucial stage. 
Rio said while the PDA coalition government still had two and half years of tenure remaining, anything could happen once solution was attained.
The chief minister disclosed that at his recent meeting the Union Home Minister Amit Shah and officials from the Intelligence Bureau and special secretary Home, he was informed that all competencies on Naga political issues had been resolved while discussions were on to resolve the contentious issue of “separate flag and constitution (yehzabo)”. 
He also said there was need to overcome the impact of the current COVID-19 pandemic in the state for which the government was working hard on to improve the economic condition through focused agricultural activities. Rio said all these needed a strong and stable government which can be achieved by voting for the ruling party candidate Yhokha in order to fulfil the aspirations of the people. “I beg you to help me by helping Yhokha,” he pleaded.
Earlier, in his campaign speech at Mima village on Monday, Rio claimed that on his proposal, former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had sanctioned Rs 1,000 crore package for widening Dimapur-Kohima road during his visit to Kohima. 
Reacting to allegation made by opposition leader T.R.Zelaing that the PDA government failed to implement the 4-lane road project between Dimapur and Kohima, Rio clarified that due to land issues, the project was delayed but works have reached Sechu-Zubza. 
He also said that due to various land-related issues, the proposed four-lane Kohima by-pass had been made a two-lane road.
On delimitation , Rio said the process was in progress . He said there would be demarcation of constituency boundaries in various districts for rational distribution of seats. This means some districts could lose a seat or two if voters are below required number and some could gain where there is requisite number of voters. 
The chief minister also took a dig at NPF by stating that both its leaders – party president Dr Shurhozelie Liezietsu and opposition leader TR Zeliang – could became chief ministers only once because of his absence from Nagaland, and not because of they had the mandate of people.
Rio said due to people’s request , he resigned from Lok Sabha member and returned to the State to lead the people. 
Rio said he was suspended from NPF due the party’s leadership and again, the same fate befell KG Kenye, current Rajya Sabha member who has been suspended from NPF. 
 
NDPP expels: NDPP has expelled Seyievilie Peter Zashumo from both primary and active membership of the Party with immediate effect for his anti-party activities.
NDPP general secretary (i/c Kohima region), Prasilie Pienyu while informing this said that five intending candidates had applied for NDPP ticket and though all of them were qualified, the party decided to field Medo Yhokha.
While all stood by the party’s decision, Pienyü lamented that Seyievilie Peter Zashumo chose to file his nomination as Independent candidate.
Further, Pienyü while criticizing the false claims of the Independent candidate that he would remain in the government if elected, said “even if he wins, he would not be allowed to join the PDA government, but will have to remain in opposition”. 
 
Zeliang hits out at PDA over 4-lane
Campaigning for the NPF candidate for the November 3 byelection to the 14 Southern Angami-I constituency at Kuchukitazho ,Jakhama village Tuesday, Leader of opposition TR Zeliang urged the electorate to ponder over what he termed as “technical problem” as both MLAs of Southern Angami-I and II constituencies were from the ruling NDPP Party.
Seeking to draw attention on the need to question the government when required, he said if both MLAs are from the ruling party then no questions are raised during assembly sessions and thereby resulting in lack of development.
To illustrate his point, Zeliang said the PDA government in Nagaland cancelled the Kohima By-pass from Jotsoma approved as four-lane by the Centre and reduced it to 2-lane.
Zeliang during the NPF-led DAN government, the Centre had approved road projects worth more than Rs.10,000 crore for Nagaland such as six highways, by-pass and a four-lane road. He said during NPF rule, Rs.11.50 crore was sanctioned for survey and preparation of Detailed Project Report (DPR) for a 4-lane bypass and for which Rs.542.47 crore was sanctioned.
However, Zeliang said after PDA came to power the project was not implemented but that the 4-lane road was made into a 2-lane road and tender floated with a new consultant.
He therefore stressed that if voters of 14 Southern Angami-I elected NPF candidate, it would strengthen the opposition’s hands in raising questions with the ruling party over why the road project was cancelled and retendered. On the other hand, a ruling party MLA rarely questions one’s party government and so Zeliang appealed to elect NPF candidate Kikovi Kirha.
Zeliang also spoke about the tardy progress of the 4-lane road construction from Dimapur-Kohima which remains unfinished even after two years. He demanded that the state government question the contractor for the delay and even be blacklisted for inordinate delay.
He however said the 4-lane work from Khatkhati to Patkai and Purana Bazar to Chümoukedima, started during NPF-led DAN government were about to be completed.
Speaking on the Naga political issue, Zeliang said solution can be arrived at if both 7-member NNPGs and NSCN(I-M) came together, which was also NPF’s demand for inclusive solution.
NPF president Dr Shürhozelie Liezietsu, also spoke by reminding the gathering that NPF’s primary aim was to take the core issue of Nagas forward.
Mentioning that NPF was the second oldest regional party in the country, Dr. Shürhozelie pointed out that many political parties existed for contesting elections, but vanished post elections due to lack of roots. In this regard he said more than 11 political parties have already dissolved and predicted that NDPP too would suffer a similar fate.
He claimed that NPF formed out of necessity and in the interest of Nagas, besides being deeply rooted. Liezietsu asserted that NPF would continue to pursue its aim and objectives till the Naga political issue was solved.
In his speech, Kirha promised to work for welfare of the village and the constituency, if given a chance to represent the people. Referring to other candidates in the fray, he said in any electoral battle, there was only one winner but even losers should work for the betterment of the constituency.
NPF legislators Chotisuh Sazo, Yitachu, Vikheho Swu, constituency’s campaign director Er Kropol Vitsu and other senior party workers also spoke on the occasion.
 
 

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