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NPF mulls three-state LS venture

Kohima, Dec. 12: Chief minister Neiphiu Rio today hinted that his party, the Naga People’s Front (NPF), would fight the 2014 Lok Sabha election in Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh besides Nagaland.

Rio said this while addressing a mammoth gathering of party workers at the public ground in down town Kohima.

The rally had been organised to celebrate the golden jubilee of the NPF’s political ideology, which was first given shape by the Democratic Party of Nagaland in 1963 and carried through by several others under different names while retaining the symbol of cock and the flag.

Rio led the party rank and file in singing a hymn, as if seeking divine intervention for his party’s venture in Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh for the general election and, above all, for an honourable and acceptable solution to the Naga political problem.

Rio said the NPF’s objective was political integration and the three-state venture would give them more voice in Parliament and an impetus to the Naga problem. “Nagas’ future is in our hands,” he said. The NPF had contested Manipur Assembly poll last year.

Rio also urged the Centre to implement the 16-Point Agreement singed in 1960.

NPF president Shurho-zelie Liezietsu also spoke of “picking up the right candidates for Nagaland, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh,” for the 2014 election.