Nagaland CM calls NPF’s decision to support Congress MP candidate a ‘mockery’

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KOHIMA | March 30, 2019:

Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on Saturday ridiculed the Opposition Naga People's Front (NPF) for supporting Congress candidate K.L. Chishi for the lone Lok Sabha seat.

"The NPF's failure to set up a candidate to the Lok Sabha and instead support the Congress candidate is a mockery since NPF has 26 MLAs in the House while the Congress does not have a single MLA and had also lost the last 3 general elections in the State," said Rio.

Rio was addressing public rallies at Noklak and Thonoknyu today to drum up support for the PDA consensus candidate and sitting MP Lok Sabha, Tokheho Yepthomi.

The Chief Minister further stated that this had demoralised the NPF MLAs and party workers and severe in-fighting had cropped within their ranks.

Rio also ridiculed the NPF leadership alleging the party of 'misleading people through lies'.

While referring to the failure of NPF to put up a candidate for LS poll and by-poll to Aonglenden assembly seat, Rio said "Such was the state of the NPF party that 7 NPF MLAs had rebelled against the party leadership and openly declared to support the PDA in the ensuing elections."

Meanwhile, referring to the recent defection of two NPP MLAs to NDPP, the Chief Minister said Imnatiba and L. Khumo (NPP MLAs) had cautioned the NPP not to set up candidates as it will be against the spirit of the PDA which had set up consensus candidates.

"The two NPP MLAs had made their stand clear on the party platform that if the NPP sets up candidates then they, the two elected Members will have no choice but to take counter-measures in order to maintain the spirit and preserve the unity of the Alliance," he stated.

Rio has also expressed confidence that the BJP led NDA Government will storm back to power under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Chief Minister was optimistic and stated that even opinion polls were showing favourable outcome for the NDA at the Centre.

Expressing his appreciation and gratitude to the BJP national leadership for reposing their faith in his leadership and entering into a pre-poll alliance with the NDPP, Rio explained that the BJP snapped ties with the NPF as the BJP had lost faith in the leadership of former Chief Minister T. R. Zeliang and the NPF party.