Monday, October 3, 2022

NDPP committed to issue tickets to sitting MLAs: Rio

Staff Reporter

State chief minister Neiphiu Rio on Friday said that Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) has already committed to issue tickets to the sitting legislators of the party for the 2023 Assembly elections.
Speaking at the inaugural programme of NDPP Dimapur region office at Duncan Basti, Dimapur, Rio said there was “no confusion” and that NDPP-BJP would have to help one another “in the spirit of alliance and carry this formula in the whole state.”
He also said that the seat sharing formula 40 (NDPP): 20(BJP) was declared with the support of Central BJP leaders including Home minister Amit Shah, BJP president JP Nadda and other senior BJP leaders. Rio said the alliance was “firm” and that it was under his leadership that the NPF had stitched an alliance with the BJP in 2003. Since there were some issues, Rio said he switched to NDPP and forged the alliance with BJP since 2018 and have been running a stable government.
On Naga political issue, Rio assured that the NDPP, as promised in its manifesto, will pursue for Naga political solution till the last minute. He assured if the solution comes that is honorable, acceptable and inclusive, the legislators will pave the way.
He, however said if solution did not arrive, they would have to be prepared as political party, “to face election as the election commission has mandated”. Rio also stated that it was a constitutional obligation for them to face the election whenever it would be announced.
He said the sentiment cannot be fragmented as it was “one Naga, one issue and one settlement”. Rio further added that there would be “many groups but the competencies were agreed from both sides” and that they would all come together and sign the settlement for all the Nagas.
Stating that Dimapur area and town were the most important constituencies, Rio said in the last election, there was no party representative and that the party was handicapped, however, he said, with Moatoshi Longkumer and Azheto Zhimomi joining the party has strengthened their position. He also declared that the two legislators would fight the 2023 polls under NDPP.
Rio further informed that the President of India Draupadi Murmu was likely to visit Nagaland next month to express her gratitude for the overwhelming support given to her during the presidential polls.
Rio also congratulated new office bearers 2-Dimapur-II NDPP party and expressed happiness that both old and new team would work out a formula to accommodate one another and strengthen the party.
Short speeches were also delivered by NDPP president Chingwang Konyak, 2 Dimapur-II A/c president Limawati Imchen and MLA, 2 Dimapur-II A/c Moatoshi Longkumer.
The programme was chaired by Dimapur region secretary Shikato Swu, invocation by DABA mission director Imnatoshi Longkumer, welcome address by NDPP Dimapur region president Vihoshe Awomi and special number by Imli K Imchen.
Highlights of the event included flag hosting by NDPP president Chingwang Konyak and cutting of the NDPP Dimapur region office by chief minister.
Vote of thanks was proposed by youth organisation, Dimapur region general secretary Gracely Chishi and benediction by Lotha Baptist Church Dimapur, pastor Yanbemo Lotha.