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NPF plans Jharkhand unit
- After Manipur, party to launch in Arunachal soon

Kohima, May 29: After launching its Manipur unit on Saturday, the Naga Peoples Front (NPF) is planning to set up a unit in Jharkhand.

NPF leaders here confirmed that they had received a letter from political leaders in Jharkhand to launch a unit stating that they were impressed by the policies and programmes of the NPF.

“Some people from Jharkhand met me with an application to launch our party there,” MP C.M. Chang said.

He said when he asked the team from Jharkhand what prompted it to have a unit there, it said it was impressed by policies and programmes of the party for the common people, especially for youth, farmers and women empowerment.

The MP questioned when other states in India wanted the NPF to launch its units why should Manipur oppose the setting up of a unit there? This is absolutely undemocratic and an attempt to strangulate democracy, Chang added.

However, the NPF the launch of its unit at Senapati in Manipur despite opposition by the Manipur government and various political parties and a general strike against chief minister Neiphiu Rio’s visit to attend the function.

Chang said application from political leaders from Jharkhand was at the party office and the pros and cons would be examined before taking any decision.

He said under the Constitution, the NPF had every right to launch its unit anywhere in India, but regretted how Manipur government has been trying to stop the party from entering Manipur through undemocratic means.

The party will soon launch its unit in Arunachal Pradesh.

NPF associate press secretary Shilumar Ao said they were chalking out the date and place for the launch. “We will soon launch the party unit in Arunachal Pradesh,” he told The Telegraph.

Chang said when parties like Trinamul Congress, RJD and CPI, CPM could extend their wings across the country, why not the NPF.

NPF president Shurhozelie Liezietsu also said the party was examining the application received from Jharkhand. “We are examining the application,” he said.

He said the slogan “peace for development and development for peace” had yielded good results in Nagaland and would soon spread to rest of the Naga-inhabited areas.

Both Liezietsu and Rio said the launching of the NPF in other states, particularly in Manipur and Arunachal, would benefit the Naga people as the policies and programmes of the party was for the neglected people.

They dispelled doubts that elected NPF members from other states would be members of their respective state Assemblies and would only work for the welfare of their states and the country.

India is a democratic country and that nobody can stop any political party from expanding to any part of the country if the party is registered and recognised by the Election Commission, Liezietsu said.

The NPF top brass said its party policies were not against any state or community.

But the Opposition Congress here charged the NPF with creating enmity with neighbouring states by launching its units.

Nagaland PCC president Sungit Jamir said the current activities of the NPF have created hatred among the neighbours.

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