Felicitation programme for Lorho S Pfoze held
A felicitation programme for newly elected Lok Sabha MP (Outer Manipur), Lorho S Pfoze was held today at Town Hall, Ukhrul.
Organised by Naga People’s Front (NPF)-Ukhrul Division, the programme commenced with an invocation by pastor of UTBC, reverend, Somi Kasomwoshi which was followed by a blessing ceremony for the newly elected MP that was led by pastor of UBC, reverend, Remember Rimai.
Speaking on the occasion, Lorho S. Pfoze conveyed his thanks to the people of Ukhrul for their tremendous support shown during the election, and for organising today’s event. “I will stand for the issue, be it Meitei, Nagas, Tribals or any other people. It is the people who have elected me and I will stand for everyone cutting across political affiliation. Despite differences, you have come together and elected me as your MP,” he continued while also mentioning that he was elected as MP not because of NPF’s achievement but because of the common interest of the people.
He also said, “Nagas should reach out to those people who are against the aspiration and wishes of Nagas and earn their love and respect so that we can live peacefully; and they must also accept our aspiration and we must also understand and respect their sentiments too.”
“Standing on the truth, we shall receive our liberty and freedom; and a new day has dawned along with a new opportunity with new challenges ahead of us to face. So, let us begin anew,” he said adding that he is just a catalyst in hastening the work. “Let us work together on the path that lies ahead of us,” Lorho S. Pfoze concluded.
President of NPF (Manipur State Unit), Awangbow Newmai, in his speech, appealed the gathering to continue extending support to the MP. “Together we have elected him, and together let us fulfil the aspirations of the people,” he said adding that it is also the stand of the NPF. Awangbow Newmai further assured that NPF will continue to be with the people in all agendas and issues that lie ahead.
Chingai MLA, Khashim Vashum expressed gratitude to the Tangkhul Naga Long (TNL) and people of Ukhrul along with his appreciation for the four Longphang of Tangkhul communities for their selfless effort and service rendered during election time. He also thanked the headmen and village leaders of all the Tangkhul villages for coming together for a common cause.
While Phungyar MLA Leishiyo Keishing extended his gratefulness to the people of Ukhrul stating that there is success and blessing in unity, chairman of ADC Ukhrul, Yaronsho Ngalung remarked that the MP election has brought the tribals together. He also cautioned about the word “Inclusiveness” in the Framework Agreement. “We have to be very careful because the word “inclusiveness” is likely to be misinterpreted by the Government of India,” he added.
Yaronsho Ngalung further highlighted the difficulties faced by the banks in Ukhrul stating that the banks are cashless, and common people are suffering due to cancellation of scheduled remittance by chopper services which have laid the blame on weather conditions. He also appealed the MP to intervene for transportation of cash remittance by surface transport and not only by air.
President of TNL, Hopingson A Shimray, in his speech, conveyed his respect and gratitude to the MLAs, ADCs, Tangkhul Leaders and elders. While stating that the power of unity has been proven in the recently concluded MP election, Hopingson A Shimray, on behalf of the Tangkhul community, reaffirmed to extend undivided support to Lorho S Pfoze even in the days to come. He also urged Lorho S Pfoze to continue raising the voice of the Naga people for a peaceful and early solution to the Indo-Naga peace process.
The programme also witnessed the attendance of chairman, ADC Tamenglong, N. Panmei along with ADC Members from Senapati, Tamenglong and Chandel. A total of around 3000 people attended the felicitation programme.
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