Kohima: Nagaland Congress Pradesh Committee (NPCC) and Naga People’s Front (NPF) addressed a joint public rally at the PWD Junction in Kohima on Monday evening.
With common interest on addressing issues regarding the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB), secularism, implementation of Uniform Civil Code (UCC) and Naga political issue, the NPF and the Congress came together in the hope to overthrow the ruling Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP)-BJP alliance in the state.
NPF MLA Yitachu, in his address said that the upcoming election is not an ordinary one, as there is an urgent need for survival and protection of Nagas.
Some of the conditions that he highlighted include opposing the CAB and criticising the government for fooling the people with the concept of protecting the Nagas through Article 371(A), protecting the Constitution citing the fear of breaching secularism if BJP comes to power, re-affirming Rahul Gandhi’s concern to address the Indo-Naga political issue.
Justifying why NPF has not filed any candidate for the parliamentary election, Yitachu said that the real concerns must be addressed to save Nagas and this will only be possible if Congress candidate KL Chishi, who is a former chief minister, is elected to the lower house of Parliament.
He pressed on the need to support Congress in this upcoming election stating that this election is a parliamentary fight and Congress already has 55 MPs in Rajya Sabha and the number is rapidly increasing.
To him, NPF is joining hands with NPCC to support KL Chishi who is the right candidate, as he a strong contender, a former CM and can make an impact in Parliament.
Re-affirming Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s commitment during his visit to the state on April 3, Yitachu acknowledged the special category status that will be given to Northeast, review the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and the favourable NE industrial policy to be implemented.
Yitachu urged all state parties to leave aside internal political party issue and work together to address the Naga issue.
Khriedi Theünuo, NPCC vice-president, appreciated how NPF, against whom it has been fighting in the previous elections has now extended support to the Congress with the main aim to protect the greater interest of the Nagas.