Newmai News Network
DIMAPUR, MAY 26: Nagaland is all set to go to the by-poll to elect the lone Lok Sabha MP on May 28, Monday.
It is a straight fight between the Naga People’s Front (NPF) and the People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA), the alliance of Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP), BJP, JDU and NPP.
Former Lok Sabha MP, Apok Jamir is the candidate of NPF while former minister, Tokheho Yepthomi is the candidate of PDA.
The by-poll was necessitated after Neiphiu Rio resigned as Lok Sabha MP to contest the last State assembly election.
Meanwhile, the Nagaland Baptist Churches Council (NBCC) said that the ‘Clean Election Campaign’ has reminded the people of Nagaland that the campaign is “not meant just for one particular aspect of election in the state but that it involves every aspect of the election system that was alien to our mode of electing people to leadership position”. According to the apex church body of Nagaland, election is the civilized mode of putting up committed and able people who independently are moved to serve the people without influence. It also said that election is not a show of power or wealth but a fair means of electing one who has the will, the ability and the call to serve the people.
The church body then said that, to be in public office one needs to “possess a definite calling induced by the burden to serve and sacrifice and not to gain benefit for self. We are going through a difficult time to define ourselves, our identity and our allegiance”. “When we look around us we are lagging behind others in all spheres of life be it development or resources, you name it,” it stated.
The NBCC then said that it is time that “we take responsibility” upon ourselves to come out of it. “Talking about our failures, we all have failed. We have not lived up to the expectation of the public. We have been selfish because position is seen as a springboard to amass wealth for self and facilities for few. If we are willing to change we must leave aside the politics of attacking and counter attack, pointing the failures of other is just pointing to our failures and inability to perform when given the opportunity. What good will come out if we continue to dig the past and fail to look forward to the future. It is high time for us to once and for all say, enough is enough and take our responsibility in the public and private arenas seriously. The more we talk about our failures, the more negative we tend to become. We have forgotten that the ball is in our court and we must come together, put our heads together and seek God’s wisdom for the sake of our people. We cannot leave the state of affairs like this to the younger generation,” the NBCC added.
The church body then said that “we all know that not all is well with us and the choice is whether we continue in this predicament and sink further or chose to come out of it”.
The church body also urged the voters to vote with “your God given conscience” and without influence.
“The church has no control over your vote and it will not define for you to whom and for which party you should vote. Your vote is precious and it is God’s given birthright. The church can only tell you that your single vote is powerful and therefore, you must prayerfully exercise your franchise to bring change in a society that needs much mending. Choosing the right candidate to represent us is important as much as we think of the mess within our own confine,” it added.