PATNA: With an eye on the 2023 assembly polls in Nagaland, a six-member delegation of senior JD(U) leaders, led by national party chairman Rajiv Ranjan Singh alias Lalan Singhreached Kohima, Nagaland’s capital, on Wednesday on a three-day trip to meet various civil society groups and discuss polling strategies with its heads of state.
After registering a remarkable victory in the Arunachal Pradesh assembly polls of 2019 and 2022 Manipur assembly pollsBihar’s ruling party is currently preparing for the Nagaland assembly elections, to be held in early 2023, with the aim of obtaining at least 6% of the votes cast, in order to gain national party status.
The JD(U) has already acquired “state party” status in Bihar, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur, and if it wins at least 6% of the votes cast in Nagaland, it will acquire state status. party in the fourth state. Under the Election Commission rule, a registered political party could obtain “national party” status if it acquires “state party” status in at least four states or union territories. The JD(U) won over 4.5% of the vote in the 2018 poll Nagaland polls and won a seat in the Assembly.
“The delegation, comprising JD(U) National Chairman Lalan Singh, National Party General Secretaries Afaque Ahmad Khan and Harshvardhan Singh, two Lok Sabha members Kaushalendra Kumar (MP Nalanda) and Ramprit Mandal (MP Jhanjharpur) and party’s Rajya Sabha member-elect Aneel Prasad Hegde, landed at Dimapur airport on Wednesday afternoon. From Dimapur we traveled to Kohima by road,” said Afaque, who is also the JD official. (U) for Northeastern States, to YOU ​​by phone.
He said the delegation was warmly welcomed upon arrival in Dimapur and Kohima by party workers from the respective areas.
“The delegation also arrived in Nagaland to pay their respects to Loknayak Jayaprakash Narayan, who had traveled far and wide through the Naga regions as a member of a peacekeeping mission in the 1960s to understand the pulse of the Naga people and their movement. independence policy. It was the burning desire of JP, who made it known to the Indian government at the time that a disgruntled Naga in the border areas would be very detrimental to India’s interests,” Afaque said.
“The JD(U) still believes that most of the 17 points submitted by the Peace Mission, formed by the Government of India and comprising JP, Reverend Michael Scott of England and Bimla Prasad Chaliha, then CM of Assam – to the Government of India remains relevant even to this day.…JP’s legacy in Naga history is remarkable and JD(U) is keen to keep alive this flame of honor for the Loknayak in the hearts of older generations and younger of the Naga people,” party general secretary Afaque said in a report.
“The delegation will visit the memorial of veteran Naga leader Angami Zapu Phizo on Thursday. After that, the delegation would hold meetings with different civil society groups of the Naga people,” Afaque told TOI by phone from Kohima on Wednesday evening.

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