Nagaland: Church to play an ‘active role’ in upcoming 2018 polls, says Congress

Nagaland: Church to play an ‘active role’ in upcoming 2018 polls, says Congress

By Ibankyntiew Mawrie| DIMAPUR, Nov 28, 2017

Marred by political instability and hostility, Nagaland is now pinning its hope on the Church, which is said to be playing a major role in the upcoming elections.

The active participation of the Church in the upcoming Assembly elections in the state was made known after the announcement of the 18-point agreement by the Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC).

Few months back, the NBCC made headlines for its ability to bring all the major political parties in Nagaland under one roof while assuring to bring about stability in governance, wipe out corruption and pave way for clean electoral process.

Meanwhile, while the Naga People’s Front (NPF) is drowning on its own weight and the Church busy in mobilising electorates to opt for clean politics, the Congress on the other hand is counting on the latter’s active participation in the entire procedure for its victory.

State Congress President K Therie told TNT-The Northeast Today that the Church, having such vast establishment in Nagaland with 1553 Baptist Churches and over 1800 Catholic Churches, is ‘against’ the present government and BJP.

“For the first time, the Church is aggressive against BJP and Corruption,” Therie said adding it is playing a big role in the upcoming elections and assumed that the 5 lakh 90 thousand baptised Christians will think twice before violating and tampering the 18 point agreement of the NBCC.


Both the Congress and BJP will stand to gain from the infighting within the NPF.

“My opponents are in complete confusion. They don’t have any definite symbol because Rooster symbol of the NPF is in dispute and very likely that the symbol will be frozen; So the original NPF may have to choose another symbol and I don’t think CM TR Zeliang and Lok Sabha MP Rio will go together.”

The Congress remarked that at this juncture, the entire society, voters are confused, especially in rural areas where people have lost confident in this government. “The ruling party has failed to govern, I do not see any of the 60 MLAs coming back as of now,” said the state Congress President.


Commenting on the mass resignation of congress members from Dimapur Block, Therie said “I think I will get a better deal now as all the 16 tribes can come under one roof unlike before. Earlier, it was suffocating, few people wanted to run the organisation.”

Recently, many members of the Dimapur block resigned enmass from the party while alleging the NPCC president of being a dictator.

When asked whether their resignation will have a negative impact on the congress ahead of the polls, Therie said, “Dimapur is a congress district, and now it has become more comfortable. I wanted to let them go much earlier, but some friend went on hanging on for some time and subsequently, later they did it because they realized that the party does not belong to a single person.”

Commenting on the political instability in Nagaland, the congress president said “There is no medicine to this sickness. It’s pure ambition, if they cannot control the instinct of ‘I want more’, then there is no medicine.”

Lambasting the NPF leader’s ‘thirst for power’, Therie said “All three (Shurhozelie, TR Zeliang and Nephiu Rio) wanted to be CM. But while they fight among themselves, they don’t realise that the state’s health is declining.”

Furthermore, the Congress leader also blamed NPF president, Dr Shurhozelie Liezietsu for the breakdown in the party. “Dr Shurhozelie is a senior man, and we expected him to run the party smoothly, but instead he fractured the party very badly because of his ambition. Had he remained as a senior person and control Zeliang and Rio, there would have been smooth governance,” said Therie.

Therie, who is also contesting the upcoming elections from Phutsoru constituency has high hope on the public stating that this time, change is inevitable. “People have learnt and I am confident that they will now vote for the manifesto and not allow money to overpower the manifesto,” he said.

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