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Homecomers boost to state Cong

Homecomers boost to state Cong
Dr. SC Jamir, K Therie and other Congress leaders at the welcoming programme on Friday.
DIMAPUR, MAR 8 (NPN) | Publish Date: 3/8/2019 12:13:08 PM IST

In a major political development, several veteran Congress leaders have returned to the party fold and more significantly, the “homecoming” event was addressed by the senior most and surviving veteran Naga politician and five-time chief minister and former Governor Dr. S.C. Jamir,

It may be noted that Dr. Jamir was at the helm of affairs when the current leaders of both the NDPP and NPF were also in the Congress till 2002/2003. 

The homecoming of former Congress leaders was a big psychological boost to the party rank and file although it remains to be seen if the party, which has been on a nose dive can politically resurrect itself. 

At a programme at the DDCC office to welcome 21 former Congress leaders- some of whom had joined the NPF and some who had formed Nagaland Congress, rejoined Congress (Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee) here on Friday, veteran Naga leader Dr. S.C. Jamir accused regional parties of bringing bankruptcy to governance and commercialisation in politics and that Nagas were blinded by materialism.

Dr. Jamir lamented that Nagas had been blinded by materialism and allowed BJP to win an unprecedented 12 seats while other North Eastern States, barring Assam, had managed to checkmate the party.

He opined that Naga society was in a delirium, adding that NPF was already exhausted while NDPP was only a “stop gap arrangement” to fool the people.

Dr. Jamir said Congress workers should have the courage to tell truth to the people and articulate very clearly that the party can serve, help and lead them. He remarked that the induction programme was being held at an opportune time, adding Congress was solidified. He called for shunning dissents and internal bickering within the party.

Claiming that Congress was a party with vision and clear ideology, he asserted that the party would never be uprooted, even as he urged the party workers to be active and propagate the programmes and policies of Congress.

In his welcome speech, NPCC president K Therie welcomed the former Congress leaders to the party.

Stating that Congress belonged to everyone, Therie expressed hope that with the joining of former leaders, the party would put up a united fight to “combating the BJP and its regional cohorts.”

Therie disclosed that more leaders were expected to rejoin the party in the coming days.

He also expressed gratitude to all those party workers who have suffered for 16 years in opposition.

Delivering short speeches, S.I. Jamir, Z Lohe, and Joshua Sumi expressed their happiness in rejoining back Congress fold.

They appealed to let past misunderstandings be forgotten as Congress would have to put up a united fight to protect secularism and rescue people of the state by providing a viable alternative in the form of rejuvenated Congress.

Giving concluding remarks, NPCC general secretary Capt. GK Zhimomi said that it was a tough decision when some Congress leaders differed with the party decision and decided to part ways more than three years ago. However, he said today’s rejoining of those former leaders puts all past bitterness to rest. Urging party leaders to look at the larger picture ahead, Zhimomi expressed hope that Congress would progress to greater heights with a united stand to deliver hope to downtrodden and suppressed people of Nagaland.

The programme was chaired by NPCC vice president Jonathan Ao while invocation was given by NPCC working president Bobby Panicker and NK Naga enthralled the audience with a special song in Hindi.

Among those who rejoined Congress included former Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) president S.I. Jamir, former minister Nillo Rengma, former speaker Z. Lohe, former deputy speaker Joshua Sumi, former legislators-- DakoPhom and Supongmeren, former NPCC general secretary Vaprumu Demo and 14 other leaders of erstwhile Nagaland Congress.

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