KOHIMA: A group of suspended Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) leaders today floated a new political party called the 'Nagaland Congress'.
Launching the party in Dimapur, former minister and suspended Congress leader, Nillo Rengma, who has been elected a the president of Nagaland Congress, said the concept of forming the party as a regional outfit was to provide transparency in governance and accountability to the public and to give all round development and equal opportunities to the people of the state.
"Our aim is to reform Nagaland, safeguard the rights of Nagas by making it free from corruption and clean the electoral roll," Rengma said. He asserted the party would strive to promote and safeguard the traditions and rich cultural heritage of Nagas.
"Nagaland Congress will fully support the Indo-Naga peace process for early settlement, which should be acceptable to all sections of the people," Rengma added. Further, the newly formed political party has announced to contest the 2018 state Assembly elections.
Former MLA S Supongmeren Jamir would be the general secretary of the party. Senior Congress leaders including former Deputy Speaker Joshua Sumi, ex-ministers H Chuba, Vaprumo Demo and few others who were suspended by NPCC president K Therie in September last year for anti-party activities, also joined the new party.