Kohima, March 29, 2019:
A public rally of Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio at Tuensang was postponed on Friday after hardly 100 people turned up, as per sources. In a truly bizarre incident, the helicopter carrying the Chief Minister reached the spot, but left an hour or so later.
The crowd numbering 3,000 was expected to turn up for the rally and food had also been arranged for a feast. Later, the NDPP party sources claimed that 500 people had attended the rally, but local sources claim that the actual number is closer to 150.
Locals are allegedly angry with the PDA Government after opposition NPF MLAs allegedly “sold out” to the ruling party.
Moreover, in a startling development just before the elections, the National People’s Party (NPP) candidate, O. Tinu Longkumer and Naga People Front (NPF) candidate, Toshipokba Longkumer, had been nominated to contest the ensuing Bye-election to the 26 Aonglenden Assembly Constituency, have withdrawn their candidatures.
The PDA has come up with the clarification that the rally was postponed due to technical snag in the helicopter which was suppose to carry the VIPs. An FIR has been lodged in this regard