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Sat, 23 Jun 2018

Northeast Today

Rio Quits Lok Sabha, Says NDPP-BJP Will Storm Power in Nagaland

Rio Quits Lok Sabha, Says NDPP-BJP Will Storm Power in Nagaland
February 17
10:10 2018

Nagaland’s sole Lok Sabha MP Neiphiu Rio on Friday resigned from the Parliament after he was declared uncontested to the 60-member state assembly this week. In a statement issued, Rio, who won the 2014 Lok Sabha election on Naga People’s Front (NPF) ticket, said he has submitted his resignation to Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan.

Last month, Rio, a three-time Nagaland Chief Minister, resigned from the primary membership of the ruling NPF and joined the newly floated Nagaland Democratic People’s Party (NDPP). The party declared him its Chief Ministerial candidate. Rio was declared uncontested after his lone rival, Chupfuo Angami of the ruling NPF, withdrew his nomination on Monday.

It was the second time that Rio has won the assembly elections uncontested. The first time he won uncontested was a Congress candidate in 1998, when the separatist National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN-IM) and Naga Hoho had called for a poll boycott after it signed a ceasefire with the Indian government in 1997.

Meanwhile, the NDPP Chief Ministerial candidate on Friday voiced confidence that his party, fighting the February 27 Nagaland assembly elections in alliance with the BJP, would storm to power with an absolute majority.

He vowed to provide good, systematic and responsive governance coupled with transparency and infrastructure development – something which, he said, the ruling Naga People’s Front (NPF)-led Democratic Alliance of Nagaland Government had miserably failed to provide in the last four years.

“Better changes are coming. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a dynamic leader… his development programmes will take place here in Nagaland which has been a long-felt need of the people. Unfortunately, nothing could be achieved during the last four years under Chief Minister TR Zeliang’s mishandling of affairs,” Rio stated while addressing rallies at Satakha, Chozuba, Tseminyu and Kohima Town assembly constituencies.

He reaffirmed that Nagas are, and will remain Christians. Reminding that the BJP has lost confidence in the NPF and its leadership, Rio asked the people to decide whether they want to join hands with a progressive party government or reel backwards under a corrupt and instability-plagued government which could do nothing for the people of the state during the last four years except bring crisis after crisis.

-IANS

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