CORRESPONDENT DIMAPUR, Nov 20 - The Nagaland unit of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has merged with the Naga People’s Front (NPF), giving a boost to the Opposition party in the Nagaland ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.
NPF president Shürhozelie Liezietsu along with the AAP members at the merger ceremony in Kohima, on Monday. – Correspondent
AAP Nagaland convener Dr S Amos Longkumer, at a merger ceremony held at the NPF central office in Kohima on Monday, said the state unit of the AAP unanimously agreed to merge with the NPF after a thorough analysis and preparation towards working in unity for the growth of the state through the joint venture of two political parties.
Altogether 634 AAP members joined the NPF.
Despite the NPF being in the opposition, Longkumer said the AAP members merged with the Opposition party to work together for better transformation of the society and achieving a sustainable growth for the Naga society. He clarified that they had joined not in search of personal wealth, fame or attention.
He also endorsed the decision of NPF leaders to reflect deeply and significantly on the commitment and aims of the AAP members.
“We will strengthen NPF and walk the extra mile for welfare of the people with the party’s principles by preserving traditional values and culture, retaining age-old heritage of the society bequeathed by our ancestors and protecting it and by being responsible towards each other,” Longkumer stated.
He asserted that the AAP members, with a clear intention and aspiration of building and strengthening the NPF towards working for a better Nagaland with core focus on anti-corruption, have decided to merge with the NPF. He stated that they also deeply felt the significance of preserving the NPF, ‘which is the only pioneer regional party in the state’, as it could cater to the needs of the Naga society under the leadership of Dr. Shürhozelie Liezietsu.
Welcoming the AAP members, NPF president Dr Shürhozelie Liezietsu asserted that the merger could be considered as a historical event for Nagaland. He said the joining of the AAP members with the NPF would strengthen the opposition party.
Despite being a minor party, he said the AAP had proved its worth by remaining a ruling party in the national capital. He said the party had “survived all odds” and remained strong because the people of the capital city Delhi took a common stand together.