DIMAPUR, March 31 - Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) has described the decision of the Naga People�s Front (NPF) to support the Congress candidate KL Chishi for Lok Sabha poll in the State as magnanimous and above political boundaries.
In a statement on Sunday, NPCC president K Therie said the NPF�s decision on the Cong candidate has not only strengthened the secular forces but also the demand for removal of Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) and to carry forward the peace talks for a final solution.
�NPF�s sacrifice in the interest of secular forces will go a long way,� Therie said. The NPCC said the battle is between the ideological forces of �communal Hindutva� and secularism, which offers freedom and the fabric of unity in diversity.
�We are standing together to protect our faith and identity and to carry forward political negotiations for solution at the earliest,� it said.
The NPCC chief appealed to NPF and like-minded political parties and thinkers to work together in the by-election to Aolengden Assembly constituency. He assured to support the �secular� NPF force if its candidate is elected in the bypoll.
Given opportunity to rule at the Centre, Therie said, the Congress is committed to support the formation of a secular like-minded government in the State.
Lok Sabha candidate Chishi expressed gratitude to the NPF and its leaders for their �political sagacity� in supporting his candidature.
�Defeating BJP and its communal agenda like CAB will be cornerstone of our understanding to safeguard Nagaland and its people,� Chichi tweeted on Sunday.
The NPF has not fielded any candidate for the Lok Sabha poll while its candidate for Aonglenden Assembly bypoll Toshipokba Longkumer withdrew his candidature.
On Saturday, the party declared its support to the Cong candidate for the Lok Sabha election but has not spelt out its stand on supporting the Congress candidate for the bypoll in the State.