Participation of NPF in election is long term 'hidden agenda': AITF
'There must be a reasonable apprehension that a sinister plan with some long term hidden agenda is there behind the entry of the NPF party in the General Election 2014 in Arunachal Pradesh to be held on April 9 on the disguise of so called democratic process', said Arunachal Indigenous Tribal Forum (AITF) chairman Bangia Tolum.
Demanding immediate withdrawal of the Election Notification issued by the ECI in March 20, over permission of the Naga Peoples' Forum (NPF) to field its candidates in the state election, the AITF chairman, Bengia Tolum said the AITF has submitted memorandum to the Prime Minister through the state Governor yesterday, conveying strongest objection against the 'unfair order' of the ECI for allowing and authorizing the NPF to participate and contest General Election 2014 in the Assembly Constituencies of the state.
Apprehending serious consequences of the ECI notification, Tolum in a press meeting here today said all the contesting candidates representing from their respective constituencies must speak out their stand on the NPF issue in their election campaigns.
The NPF party's aims and objectives were detrimental to the territorial integrity of the state which would cause a long term anti-Arunachal socio-political impact. Through analysis of the ideologies and objectives of the NPF as enumerated in its party Constitution, has been found that its sole objectives were specifically for the promotion of the interests of Naga people of Nagaland and there was nothing to do with the growth and development of Arunachal Pradesh, Tolum pointed.
'NPF is a community and tribe based political party of the Nagaland, therefore, it must not be imposed upon the non-Nagas of the state for the sake of peaceful coexistence and social harmony between the two sisterly states of the NE India', he said.
'There is no Naga population and Naga inhabited areas in the territory of Arunachal Pradesh', he said, and added, hence there is no logic of the NPF party to the promotion of specific Naga community based interests as pointed in its Constitution.
The NPF constitution has clearly mentioned that those who were wanting to take part as a candidate in the election, he or she must be a primary member of the party and should be a citizen of the Nagaland, however, there were no Naga citizens residing in Arunachal Pradesh, he pointed.
(Posted on 05-04-2014)