The walk is being organized to highlight the movement against corruption, to save Nagaland from self-serving leaders, against AFSPA, against backdoor appointments in government services
By Imna Longchar, TFM Nagaland Correspondent
Rising People’s Party (RPP), Nagaland began its task of walking more than 1200 km in 40 days around some districts of Nagaland on the theme “A Walk to Save Nagaland” on Monday morning from 7th Mile Junction, Chumukedima, after a mass prayer led by RPP treasurer, Vitho Zao.
Vitho before the start of the prayer said over 25 team members were participating in the walk. He said, “As humans we do not have strength” but prayed to God to give them the will throughout RPP’s endeavours.
Zao, later appealed to all the Nagas to support them through their prayer for the 40-day walk.
The walk is being organized to highlight the movement against corruption, to save Nagaland from self-serving leaders, against AFSPA, against backdoor appointments that are killing the aspirations of the youth.
Meanwhile, when contacted Joel Naga, the RPP leader told this correspondent that they reached Mhainamtsi, near Jalukie, where the team members were halting for the night. He said that the participants would be traversing many places where they would be joined by more likeminded participants.
He said though the rain played spoilsport throughout the walk to Mhainamtsi, but the keen enthusiasm shown by the participants in their journey finally made them reach their destination for the day at around 6 pm.
Joel also said that the participants were received by Mhainamtsi village council chairman and his colleagues, women groups and members of the youth organization.
Later, an interactive meeting with them including the village leaders from nearby New Jalukie village, Joel added.
The team would be proceeding towards Medziphima early morning on Tuesday where they would be halting for the night and have interactions with the village leaders and others.
It may be mentioned that through the walk, RPP wanted to highlight issues which had kept the state backward for too long and added that it is a walk against corruption, to save Nagaland from self-serving leaders, against AFSPA, against backdoor appointments, to save Nagaland from the culture that sees politics as a money making machine, against the culture that refuses to empower women and youths, and against clan/village/tribe centric governance which is the root of all debauchery in Naga politics.
Apart from these issues, the RPP further wants to share its vision, aims and objectives, and its thoughts with the common man for clean election, the promise of good governance by the RPP, to uphold the rule of law by the RPP, uphold law and order by the RPP, for a self-reliant economy, to educate people to elect Godly candidates in elections, to show solidarity to families of the Oting massacre, to highlight the danger of harbouring illegal immigrants in our land and a walk to protect Naga’s identity.
Further through the walk, the RPP wants to convey the message that the Party is the “only alternative” for the suffering public.
The other purpose of the proposed walk is to reach out to the grassroots and to listen to their grievances and hear their vision for a “New Nagaland”.