Rio calls for upholding regionalism at NERPF meet in Guwahati
Dimapur ,MAY 13
NORTH East Regional Parties Front (NERPF) supremo and Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio reiterated his full commitment to work for the people of the region and asserted that he would leave no stone unturned to strengthen the NERPF.
Addressing a meeting of the NERPF in Guwahati today, Rio appreciated all affiliates of the Front for the joint manner in which the elections were fought and called for continuous unity and solidarity of the regional forces even after the election process is over.
“We should learn how to coexist and overcome and appreciate each other’s difficulties,” he said, adding that the Front needs to combine our forces together and raise a common voice.
In its resolutions, the NERPF unanimously empowered its chief Rio to take decision towards formation of a stable government in the Centre.
The NERPF also expressed appreciation to Rio for his yeoman service to it and appreciated his extensive election campaign that covered six states of the region.
It further endorsed the leadership of Rio as the most recognised and tallest leader of the north eastern region.
The Front further welcomed the National People’s Party chief PA Sangma who joined it formally today.
Chaired by Rio, the meeting was attended by all affiliates of the Front from the north eastern states.
Some of the parties who participated in the meeting were the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), United Democratic Party (UDP) from Meghalaya, Manipur People’s Party (MPP), Naga People’s Front (NPF) from Nagaland, People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA), Mizo National Front (MNF), Indigenous People’s Font of Tripura (IPFT) and Hill State Democratic Party (HSDP).
In his address, NERPF Chief Adviser and AGP president and former chief minister of Assam PK Mahanta assured all possible help and assistance of the AGP to strengthen the regional Front. He highlighted the problems of illegal immigrants and influx of Bangladeshis into the region and also the opposition of the people towards transfer of land to Bangladesh.
The welcome address was delivered by Co-Convenor Atul Bora and the aim of the meeting and report was given by NERPF secretary Abu Metha.
The vote of thanks was proposed by NERPF coordinator Keshab Mahanta.