Monday, December 5, 2022

Nagaland: NPF observes 60th Foundation Day


Naga People’s Front (NPF) observed its 60th foundation day at its central headquarters here on Friday.
Speaking on the occasion, NPF president Dr Shurhozelie Leizietsü termed the 60th foundation day as an important milestone in the history of NPF, while asserting that the party remained the oldest regional political party in the Northeast and the second oldest in the country.
Dr. Liezietsu reiterated the party’s objectives of upholding the interests of people and representing the identity of Naga people. He said as Congress had betrayed Naga people in 1998, NPF was on guard not to allow any such situation again.
Claiming that almost all current political leaders of Nagaland started their career from NPF, Dr. Leizietsü remarked that many had gone astray in search of greener pasture.
He claimed that NPF was formed to protect the democratic rights of people. He referred to desertion of the party by 21 MLAs and joining NDPP few months back, but asserted that the four remaining MLAs would help build up new and a stronger NDPP.
He noted that many people might have thought that with their defection, NPF was finished. But, he assured that the party would emerge stronger.
The veteran politician advised all party leaders to go to the people and tell them about their party’s stand, policies and principles. He urged the party leaders and workers alike to remain courageous and committed to the party’s ideology with clear conscience and not go astray for the welfare and progress of the society.
In his speech, NPF legislature party leader and UCA co-chairman Kuzholuzo (Azo) Nienu, MLA recalled that the party was formed during the worse time of Indo-Naga political conflict out of the sweat, tears and blood of the pioneers. He appealed to the partymen and women to commit and rededicate themselves to the cause of their party, while being loyal like founding members of the party. He asked the party workers to seek divine intervention to carry forward the aspirations and voice of Naga people.
Azo stressed on humility and called upon the party workers to stand their ground, adding that if anyone shifted sides anytime, the party would not be able to stand firm. While acknowledging the sacrifices made by past leaders like A Kevichusa, Vizol, etc. Azo called for keeping alive the spirit of Naga people and protect their identity.
Delivering his speech, NPF secretary general Achumbemo Kikon gave a glimpse of the party’s history, recalling how it was formed “way back” in 1963.
He mentioned that the party was founded on certain principles and with objectives, one of the first and foremost being to help resolve the Naga issue.
Citing the meaning of the cock/a crowing rooster that signified the arrival of dawn, Kikon asserted that the party was wedded to the principles of democracy and fraternity. Over the years, though the party had been in the opposition and faced its share of ups and downs, he claimed that NPF comprised of dedicated and committed workers, who were determined to strengthen the party. In his sermon, former State chaplain K Lürüo urged the party leaders and workers to pass on the past legacy to stand firm and follow the party’s principles and goals. The programme was chaired by NPF general secretary S Akho Leyri, while a speech on innovation was delivered by general secretary (COB) P Shing Khiam. Party’s working president Apong Pongener gave the welcome address and a special number was presented by Abigail Thupitor.
Meanwhile, on the occasion, the NPF also welcomed former NPP member, Dr Roland Lotha, who joined the party fold. He is also the intending candidate for 39 Sanis assembly constituency In his brief address, Roland said NPF stood for the aspirations of the Nagas and to be a member of the regional party was encouraging as the party was founded for the interest of the Nagas. He assured to strengthen the party and the leadership. Azo, in his short speech, acknowledged Roland Lotha and his supporters for joining the party. He said the ’home coming’ of Dr Ronald Lotha to the party was a blessing as it was done on the 60th foundation day of the party.
The brief welcome program was chaired by senior vice president, Tsumongo Ovung while welcome address was delivered by working president Pusazo Luruo and vote of thanks was pronounced by Yanhola.

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