Nagas gearing up for February 2008 State Assembly pol

November 14th, 2007 - 2:37 am ICT by admin  
Nagaland, once known to be the hub of insurgency and violence, today is recognised as a success story of democracy.

Political parties — both regional and national — vie for space to woo the people.

More than 10 political parties are in the fray in the tiny State with just 60 Assembly seats.

The ruling Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) is a coalition of more than eight political parties, with Nagaland People’s Front (NPF) being its major constituent.

NPF State Secretary K G Kenya said: “Regionalism and regional party in Nagaland is of immense importance. We will continue to educate people. I am sure in future also it will hold importance to people.”

Xavier, a local journalist, said: “Nagaland is marching towards a multi-corner contest, where national parties like Congress, BJP, NCP, RJD and the local parties, including Nagaland People’s Front and some Independent parties may contest in upcoming February 2008 election.”

Hopkheto Sumi, the President of the Pradesh Congress Committee said the grassroots preparations have already started for the poll.

Besides Congress, the mainstream political parties like, the BJP and the JD(U) have made their presence felt in Nagaland.

V. Victor, state BJP Secretary, said: “We will work for peace in Nagaland, so that youth and the people can live in peace.”

People vouch for democracy and want all the problems to be solved through dialogue and through people’s participation.

Vibilie Seyie, project co-coordinator of a business firm, said: “Democracy is the best form because only through it the voice of the people can be heard. For the development, peace is required and only non-violent methods can achieve it.” (ANI)

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