Kohima: After 21 MLAs from the Naga People’s Front (NPF) party joined Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio led Nationalist Democrats Progressive Party (NDPP), the Manipur State Unit (MSU) NPF assured of its commitment to the party. 

Manipur MLA and president of the NPF in Manipur Awangbow Newmai, during an emergency meeting of the party’s Central Executive Council (CEC) in Kohima on Thursday, said that the party in Manipur will “not back out” from the NPF. 

Reacting to the “defection” of 21 NPF legislators in Nagaland, Newmai said that the party now has only “matured people” in the CEC. He said that the NPF MSU will support and obey the party and not go astray.

“No matter what, we will be with NPF,” he said. 

He also mentioned that the party has been receiving more support and sympathy from people following the defection of the 21 NPF legislators in Nagaland.

Newmai added that party workers in Dimapur were determined to support the NPF party in Manipur as it is the only platform to address their grievances, and the party also gives freedom to express the feelings of the people. 

Informing that the party will undergo three significant elections in three years time, two in Manipur and one in Nagaland, he also sought the support of the people. 

Meanwhile, Legislature Party leader Kuzholuzo Nienu urged workers to put the welfare of the party as priority, alleging that the defection of the legislators in Nagaland was an act of “self survival”.

He also urged the need for the party to form an alliance and not create enemies. In this regard, Nienu made a clarion call to the party workers to be humble and to have a change in their attitudes. Although the party is experiencing a “sad and bitter” moment at present, he said that the party looks forward to a “perfect future”.

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