The 43-Phungyar Area Unit of Naga People’s Front (NPF) Monday organised a Reception-Cum-Enrollment programme for 44 new members at the party office at Hamleikhong in Ukhrul district headquarters.
As many as 44 political leaders and workers from Phungyar area who quit BJP and Congress, have now joined NPF, informed Bejoy Chithung, NPF 43-Phungyar Area Unit vice president.
During the function, a team comprising Ukhrul ADC chairman Dr Yaronsho Ngalung, ADC vice chairman M Isaac, executive members K Ramshang and P Thuingahan, NPF 43-Phungyar Area Unit vice president Bejoy Chithung and other leaders of the party officially received the new members amid thunderous applause.
“You have taken the right decision by turning away from other political parties and coming to NPF,” Dr Ngalung exhorted the newly-enrolled members of the party.
He also expressed confidence that with its growing strength, the party would be certainly securing a majority in the forthcoming Autonomous District Council (ADC) elections scheduled to be held in November next.
He further stated that NPF is the only regional political party which stands for the interests of both the Nagas and all the tribal communities in the Northeast region.
“It is the only party which can openly voice for the Nagas’ rights and tribal issues because these are all included in the party’s manifesto,” Dr. Ngalung asserted.
According to the council chief, NPF’s constitution focuses on integration of contiguous ancestral Naga areas and early acceptable solution of the Naga political issue.
“In the same way, our party is also working to revive Hill Areas Committee (HAC) which is a constitutionally mandated provision for the development of tribals in the state,” he said.
In his speech, M Isaac observed that the decision of the entrants to join NPF is a futuristic one. “Every Naga must take such decision keeping in mind the crucial need for collective growth of the Naga people,” he said.
He continued that Ukhrul ADC is also committed to work for an early settlement of the Naga political issue and that the incumbent council has adopted resolutions twice to press the Centre for the same.
“So much precious lives have been lost, and now time has come for peace to prevail,” Isaac said, referring to the pending solution of the vexed Naga political issue.
“With this new development, we are hoping for better days for our party in the coming days,” he exuded.
An ex-ADC BJP candidate C Hopingson said that his political career started with BJP but he now realised his mistake for having associated with a political party which has nothing to do with the interests of the Naga people.
“With this realization, today I joined NPF to work with the spirit of Naga nationalism,” he said.
The function was attended by party leaders and workers drawn from different area units from both Ukhrul and Kamjong districts.