Neiphiu Rio declared winner; 32 withdraw, 195 candidates remainDIMAPUR | Feb 12 : Three time chief minister of Nagaland and sitting Lok Sabha MP, Neiphiu Rio of Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) was declared as winner of the Northern Angami-II assembly constituency by Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Abhjit Sinha this afternoon following the withdrawal of his opponent Chupfuo Angami of the Naga People’s Front (NPF).
Interestingly, Neiphiu Rio is the Chief Ministerial candidate of NDPP. NDPP and BJP are sharing seats in the ensuing assembly election of Nagaland. The NDPP has fielded 40 candidates while the BJP has fielded 20. With today’s development, Nagaland will go to the poll in 59 assembly constituencies on February 27.
Meanwhile, the total number of candidates withdrawn is 32. Today was the last date to withdraw candidature. With this development, the total number of contesting candidates stands at 195. It can be mentioned that altogether 257 candidates filed nomination papers while 29 papers were declared invalid.
President of the Naga People’s Front (NPF), Dr Shürhozelie Liezietsu today warned the Naga people that “a day would come when the whole Naga people shall suffer and our identity might perish if we do not realize what force is penetrating into our land”.
“The 2018 General Election is not just a contest between the political parties for the formation of government, but it will be a contest between outside forces and the force of the Naga people,” Dr. Shürhozelie said.
Addressing a gathering at an election rally for NPF candidate Ar. Loguseng Semp (Logus) at Tseminyu town, Dr. Shürhozelie stated that many tall Naga leaders succumbing to power and money would soon land the Naga people into great trouble if they are voted to power.
Therefore, he called upon the people that the 2018 election is so much unlike the other elections, and that it is a selection between the destruction or preservation of the Naga people and their identity.
The NPF President admitted that in 15-year rule of NPF government, many achievements have taken place but the 12th House saw the greatest crisis in the history of Nagaland government and this crisis had developed due to some corrupt and power-mongering leaders.
However, he maintained that many of these leaders were dropped from the NPF party and were denied party tickets and informed that out of 48 NPF MLAs only 17 were allotted party tickets and added that as promised, the NPF has fielded fresh, capable and winnable leaders who have concern for the uplift of the Naga people.
Dr. Shürhozelie also reminded the Naga people that during elections many political parties come up with “tall promises in their manifestos just to lure the voters but the NPF party manifesto is written on a pragmatic way which is achievable and is purely for the development of the people and the state.”
The NPF President also told the gathering that the regional party NPF which was formed in the year 1964 is “not only a political party but it represents the identity of the Naga people, so why we give our future to other political parties which will be a destructive to our identity and the society.”
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