7 NPF MLAs to support NDPP candidate Topkheho Yepthomi ahead of LS poll

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HT Correspondent

DIMAPUR, March 25: After the two National People’s Party (NPP) MLAs, Imnatiba and L. Khumo, joined the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) on March 20, the ruling People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) got seven Opposition NPF MLAs on board to support its consensus candidate for the Lok Sabha election Topkheho Yepthomi ahead of the polls.

Nagaland will vote for the Lok Sabha election and bypoll to Aonglenden Assembly constituency on April 11.

The PDA comprises NDPP, BJP, NPP, JD(U) and an Independent. However, there was official confirmation of NPP’s continuation or otherwise in the ruling alliance after its two MLAs joined the NPP and the party fielding its own candidate to contest Lok Sabha election and bypoll in the state.

The seven NPF MLAs from eastern Nagaland, in a joint statement on Monday, informed of their decision to extend cooperation and support to the PDA consensus candidate for parliamentary election in the state and also the state government.

The seven NPF MLAs – Kejong Chang (Tuensang Sadar), E.E. Pangteang (Moka), Eshak Konyak (Aboi), C.L. John (Tehok), BS Nganlang (Tamlu), N. Thongwang Konyak (Mon Town) and Toyang Chang (Tuensang Sadar) – said their decision was necessitated following NPF’s failure to field a candidate for the Lok Sabha election and the party’s “decision” to support the Congress candidate. According to them, the NPF’s decision to support the Congress is to against the “principle of regionalism”.

The seven MLAs also expressed appreciation to all the developmental and progressive initiatives taken up by the PDA government till date under the leadership of chief minister Neiphiu Rio.

“Ever since the PDA coalition was sworn in on 8th March 2018 to run the affairs of Nagaland, we have witnessed positive changes and restoration of the system of good governance which is in the greater interest of the people of Nagaland,” they said.

They further said they look forward to an era of stability with visionary and decisive leadership, which is the need of the hour in Nagaland, to facilitate the much-needed all-round development.

The seven NPF MLAs also extended fullest cooperation to the PDA government and endorsed its stand as a facilitator to the ongoing Indo-Naga peace process for an early, honourable and inclusive political solution.

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