Autonomous independent political platform needed to represent the indigenous people: NPF
Naga People’s Front (NPF) is an independent and autonomous political platform to defend the rights and voices of the indigenous minorities and weaker sections as minority communities of northeast will gradually vanish while confronting with the bigger communities.
President of Naga People’s Front Manipur State Unit Awangbou Newmai made this statement while addressing media persons at his quarter today.
Awangbou said “NPF as a political party had and will keep extending full cooperation and support towards any peace initiative as people representatives.”
An independent political platform to represent the voices of the indigenous people will be able to defend different problems of the indigenous people in the future. When different laws against the NE people are implemented, giving special power to the Assam Rifles to arrest anybody clearly shows the intention of the Centre towards the NE region, he said.
Public voices alone will not be enough to defend the indigenous people but an autonomous independent political platform to represent the people, added Awangbou.
He also informed the party had nominated Dr. Lorho S.Pfoze as its official candidate for outer Manipur parliamentary constituency for the 17th Lok Sabha election in its central Kohima office yesterday.
Informing that the main agenda of NPF in the upcoming election is to bring peace, Awangbou also stated that there can be no progress and development without peace. Maintaining communal harmony and understanding between different communities is also the agenda of the party since its inception, he added.
While informing that there are three MLAs and one minister of NPF in the state, he also said that the role of the representatives as a law maker, a politician and public servant is to contribute in bringing peace. If peace does not prevail in the state, different developmental projects and plans will not be able to put into practice.
Denouncing the act of some politicians in disturbing the peace in the society to gain votes, he further said that the state had been living with different issues disturbing the development projects and works which further delays the developmental works and progress of the state as compared with other states.
As the state is occupied by indigenous communities, the voice of the people for last many years had been neglected. But NPF believe that an autonomous political platform for the indigenous people is a must and it is still functioning as a regional party today.
Stating that various representatives of the state from another parties are controlled by high command from its Centre where they could not express the voice of the people, if NPF candidate Dr. Lorho S.Pfoze wins the outer parliamentary election, he will be able to speak and raise the problems of the indigenous people without any external influences if any detrimental laws against the indigenous people is raise.
Mentioning the issue of CAB in the NE region, Awangbou also said national parties have neglected the voice and rights of the indigenous people as the bill was only withdrawn after the indigenous people rise against it.
Dr. Lorho S.Pfoze said that he has the intention to bring communal harmony which is also the agenda of the party. He said that the relation of different communities in the state is getting better after NPF form alliance with the present state government.
If different communities vote for candidates belonging to other community, the trust between the communities will get better and communal harmony will prevail in the state.
Though there was a misconception among the people of the state when NPF started contesting in the election, it is now a party contributing to the peace and harmony of the state, he added.
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