Naga People's Front

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Naga People's Front
Chairperson Dr. Shürhozelie Liezietsu
Lok Sabha leader Neiphiu Rio
Rajya Sabha leader H. Khekiho Zhimomi
Founded 2002
Headquarters Kohima, Nagaland
Ideology Regionalism
ECI Status State Party[1]
Alliance National Democratic Alliance
Seats in Lok Sabha
1 / 545
Seats in Rajya Sabha
0 / 245
Seats in Nagaland Legislative Assembly
46 / 60
Election symbol
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Politics of India
Political parties

The Naga People's Front is a regional political party in Nagaland and Manipur, India. It headed the Nagaland government with the Bharatiya Janata Party, as part of the Democratic Alliance of Nagaland since 2003. Dr. Shürhozelie is the president of the party.[2] The main leader of the NPF, Neiphiu Rio, is the Lok Sabha member from the lone constituency of Nagaland.[3] On March 22, 2004 the NPF absorbed the Nagaland Democratic Party.

Although the Naga People's Front has local arrangements with the NDA it previously had not support either the NDA or the UPA in the central government[4] where it has 1 MP in the Lok Sabha.[5]

For the 2014 General Election, the North-East Regional Political Front (NERPF), a consortium of 10 regional parties, including the Naga People's Front announced their support for the NDA.[6]

Aims and Objectives[edit]

The aims and objectives of the Naga Peoples Front are:

(a)To work and assist in any possible manner on any approach for a peaceful solution of the Indo-Naga political issue, keeping alive at the same time the fire of relentless endeavour to stand against any force to further divide the Nagas and thereby move towards a renaissance of Naga brotherhood by making constant appeal to Naga conscience.
(b) To strive to bring about electoral reforms suited to our way of life aimed at a national resurgence in the society towards whom the Party is duty bound and thereby to liberate the Naga society from tiie deadly clutches of degeneration.
(c) To work for unity and integrity of the people by integrating all contiguous Naga inhabited areas under one administrative roof and also to provide protection to all the ethnic groups who are indigenous inhabitants of the State.
(d) To restore the good name and clean image which the Nagas enjoyed in the past by taking the fight against all forms of corruption at all levels of Government.
(e) To restore to the people the self-discipline and the spirit of self-reliance which the Nagas had in abundance in the past but which have been seriously eroded in the recent past.
(f) To work for economic advancement of the people with special emphasis on rural development with a view to removing economic disparity in the society.
(g) To strive for a clean and efficient administration.
(h) To strictly abide by the Rule of Law in the dispensation of Justice.


In Nagaland, both the ruling Naga People's Front and the opposition party, the UPA, supported Pranab Mukherjee during the 2012 presidential election. Mukherjee held a meeting with Neiphiu Rio and DAN legislators in Dimapur where NPF leaders formally endorsed their support. Mukherjee won the election on July 19, 2012. When the Nagaland Post asked the Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio, if the support extended to the presidential candidate was also “issue based” as the NPF-led DAN was supporting the UPA government at the centre on the same line, the Chief Minister said that his party was supporting the UPA and hence it was the right perspective that the DAN legislators also support UPA’s presidential nominee. NPF's main opposition in the legislative assembly is the Indian National Congress party.

On May 11 2015, all of the assembly's Congress MLAs joined the NPF.[7]

46 MLAs from the 60 member Nagaland Legislative Assembly are from the NPF. The opposition, Congress, is represented by 18 MLAs and the rest of the assembly consists of 7 independent MLAs.

List of Chief Ministers[edit]

No Name Term of office[8] Days in office
1 Neiphiu Rio 6 March 2003 3 January 2008 1767 days
(1) Neiphiu Rio 12 March 2008 24 May 2014 2264 days
[Total 4031 days]
2 T. R. Zeliang 24 May 2014 Incumbent 628 days


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