Kohima: The Rising People’s Party (RPP) has become Nagaland’s newest political party after it received the Election Commission of India (ECI) registration.

Speaking with EastMojo, Joel Naga, president of RPP, said “We haven’t received the letter as such but it has been listed on the website. We also received a notice on June 7.”

RPP, as the name suggests, is a people’s party, according to Naga. “We want to give voice to the younger generation who are so fed up with corruption and misgovernance. We want to empower people from the grassroots, especially women,” he said.

Naga said that the party will be formally launched after the lockdown in Nagaland. “We will then gear ourselves up, and reach out to the grassroots because politics cannot be fought from the urban centres. That will be our immediate focus. We will also be reaching out to intellectuals and the younger generation,” he added.

A founding member of the Action Committee against Unabated Taxation (ACAUT), Joel said that during the ACAUT years had seen thousands of people come forward to join the movement against corruption and illegal taxation in the state.

With the new political party, he expressed hope that people are excited. “I think it has given a new hope to the people. I am not saying that RPP is the saviour of the Naga people but I think we need to understand that people have hopes and they look at us. I believe that they are praying that we will succeed,” he added.

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According to him, the party’s ideology is “more or less with a regional outlook”. “The Naga rising is the ideological body. We are conservative in our approach and our value system is conservative. We also staunchly believe that only prayer can save Nagaland and that is our most powerful weapon,” he added.

Further, he informed that the party will be fielding candidates for the 2023 state assembly elections.

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