Political parties celebrate pre-Christmas

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 12/19/2020 12:01:31 PM IST

Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) and the BJP Nagaland minority morcha celebrated pre-Christmas on December 19 and 18 respectively. 

NDPP: Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) celebrated pre-Christmas at banquet hall, state guest house, old CM’s bungalow here, Saturday.

Union Baptist Church, Kohima, associate pastor Visato Yhoshü, delivered the Christmas message during the celebration with the topic, “God is with us.” Yhoshü said Christmas was not just a time for celebrations but also to be reminded of “our” ultimate need for forgiveness in the birth of Jesus Christ and His presence in “our” lives. NDPP president Chingwang Konyak extended Christmas greetings and wishes for prosperous New Year. Nagaland Legislative Assembly speaker, Sharingain Longkumer, while extending Christmas greetings, also lauded party leaders for giving opportunity to the youngsters to be part of the elected representatives of the people. NDPP secretary general Abu Metha in a short speech said this year had been a challenging one as it came in a different way bringing everything to grinding halt. He also hoped the coming year would be a better one and called on all party people to move forward with new hopes and challenges. Programme was chaired by NDPP central women organisation secretary, W Nginyeih Konyak while NDPP advisor Neiba Ndang invoked God’s blessings.  Special presentations were made by MAK Quintet, Mengu & Virie and Veto & Band. (Correspondent)   

BJP Nagaland minority morcha: BJP Nagaland minority morcha celebrated pre-Christmas at the conference hall of Hotel Silhouette on December 18, coinciding with the national minorities’ day. A press release by BJP Nagaland minority morcha VP and media convenor, Ajay Sethi stated that, state general secretary & incharge of minority morcha BJP Nagaland, Khevishe Sema exhorted the community leaders to remain united in their efforts for the welfare of the minority communities. He extended Christmas greetings & prayed that the Prince of Peace would bring peace to Nagaland for all the tribes and communities. He promised to be a medium for the minorities’ voice to be heard in the right echelons of power.

State treasurer & president of Gujarati community, Mahesh Kotecha reiterated the principle of Modi’s “Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas Sabka Viswas” and promised to work towards an ideal society in Nagaland without any discrimination. State president minority morcha BJP Nagaland, Deep Kumar stressed upon the minorities to avail the opportunities and schemes being promulgated by the BJP govt nationally & PDA govt in the state. Non-Naga communities & Bengali Samaj president, K. K. Paul highlighted the issues of the minorities, while greeting for the forthcoming Christmas. Representatives of Bihari, Bhojpuri, Brahmin, Gorkha, Jain, Kerala, Maithili, Manipuri, Marwari Samaj also spoke.

Celebrations were chaired by Ajay Sethi, while vande mataram was sung by Anita Roy Chowdhury, state secretary, minority morcha BJP Nagaland with her team of Arijit Sharma, state executive of minority morcha and Kalpana Dutta, mandal president of minority morcha. Sethi expressed gratitude to all the community leaders, BJP members and sponsor Rajesh Sethi, co-convenor economic cell of BJP Nagaland. This is the first time that any organisation has celebrated national minorities’ day in Nagaland.

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