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NPF confident of victory

- Nagaland youths feel betrayed by political parties

Kohima, April 3: The Naga People’s Front (NPF) is confident of making history in this election by winning the lone seat by a huge margin while the Congress remains a fractured party in Nagaland.

The electorate of the state feel that political parties have betrayed them. Many young people do not want to come out on April 9 to cast their votes.

Going by the mood of the people, they want change but the Congress has become only a party of rhetorics with a house in turmoil.

The election department, however, is busy with awareness campaigns across the state asking voters to come out and cast their votes.

Chief electoral officer Sentiyanger Ao admitted that high poll percentage in the state was the result of massive proxy voting, rigging and other electoral malpractices.

Young people are frustrated and are not eager to come out and exercise their right to franchise because of corruption in the government and electoral malpractices.

“We are totally fed-up with promises and assurances of our political leaders,” said Tongpang Chang, 27, of Tuensang town. He said people were carried away by false promises and their promises were never fulfilled.

“I don’t trust our political parties — be it the Congress or the NPF,” Chang said. He said Tuensang town is the third oldest town in the state but today the town does not have proper road, water supply, good healthcare system or education.

“We are not at all convinced by the political parties promising us with early solution to the Naga political problem,” said Tsapila Sangtam an unemployed young girl of Tuensang town. “I will not come out and cast my vote,” she said.

This time again the Naga People’s Front (NPF) and the Congress are going to the people with Naga political issue topping their poll agenda.

An elderly man who has been voting for the Congress for 40 years said now he did not trust the party. “What we the people of Tuensang district need is a political party which can keep its promises and work for the welfare of our people,” Sahoto Yimchungru said.

The Congress has failed to capitalise the situation prevailing in the state where people wanted a change of guard.

Thousands of people waited for hours for Congress candidate K.V. Pusa at Tuensang town hall to address the rally on Monday but he could not turn up from Kohima. The meeting, which was to start at 10am, had to be deferred till afternoon because Pusa failed to turn up.

The Congress today assured more job opportunities to the educated Naga youths and empowerment of women. Addressing a mammoth election rally at Pfutsero town in Phek district today, Pusa assured more job avenues for Naga youths if he wins the lone seat.

He lashed out at the state government for failing to address the unemployment crisis. Appealing to youths to vote for the Congress, he said the party’s assurance to create 10 crore jobs for the youths in the country would be implemented in the state if the UPA comes to power again.

“My priority will be to work for the welfare of our youths,” Pusa told Congress supporters.

He also castigated the state government for passing a resolution in the Assembly not to grant 33 per cent reservation to Naga women on the pretext of infringing the customary and traditional practices of the Naga community.

He said the Congress would go all out for welfare and empowerment of Naga women.

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