Kohima, Mar 31 : Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio and Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) star campaigner has expressed confidence that the BJP led NDA Government will storm back to power under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and called upon the people to vote consciously for the Peoples; Democratic Alliance (PDA) consensus candidate and sitting MP Lok Sabha Tokheho Yepthomi.
According to party sources, addressing public rally yesterday at Noklak under Tuensang district, Rio said since Nagaland has just one seat in the Lok Sabha, the lone MP from Nagaland to the Lok Sabha represents the entire people of the State.
As such, it is the people who should decide whether they want to elect an MP who can convey the voice of the people in the Lok Sabha in line with the Government’s ideologies and objectives in coordination with the State Government, or whether they want an MP from the opposition, who will not coordinate with the State Government and instead sit in the opposition benches in Parliament, he said.
Rio said Nagaland is a small State which is dependent on the Centre and it will only be in the fitness of things if the State Government and the Central Government are in an alliance. He stated that today people want peace and development and such an atmosphere will be all the easier if the people elect the PDA candidate so as to be in the NDA in Delhi. It is to this effect that alliance was maintained with the BJP since 2003 till date, he said.
The CM expressed appreciation to the BJP national leadership for reposing faith in his leadership and entering into a pre-poll alliance with the NDPP. He explained that the BJP snapped ties with the NPF as the BJP had lost faith in the leadership of former Chief Minister T R Zeliang and the NPF party.
In an another rally at Thonoknyu under Tuensang district, Rio pointed out that the only opposition party in the assembly, the NPF now had no candidate to the Lok Sabha and the Aonglenden Assembly Constituency and called upon the people to judge for themselves whether it is worth supporting such a party which is in opposition in the State and will also be an opposition at the Centre.
He said he was eager to see development reach every nook and corner of Nagaland including Noklak and Thonoknyu and urged upon the people to join hands and work together with the PDA Government in making this dream into a reality, said a release issued by NDPP media & communication committee.
Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio was accompanied by Deputy Chief Minister Y. Patton, sitting MP (LS) and PDA candidate Tokheho Yepthomi, sources said.