Nagaland: Shürhozelie Liezietsü dons ‘Never Say Die Attitude’ amidst NPF crisis!
Kohima, July 23, 2017: The Naga People's Front (NPF) may be shaken by the recent crisis but it refuses to be stirred. President of the regional party, Dr. Shürhozelie Liezietsü, has once again donned his never-say-die hat, terming the crisis an opportunity to "screen out the grain from the chaff."
In that, he termed the 11 MLAs who stood firm with the party as the "seeds of NPF party."
Dr. Liezietsü was addressing party functionaries at his private residence here today, stated a press release issued by the NPF Media & Press Bureau.
"We have identified the polluted leaders and had filtered them from the party for good. Only the faithful leaders are now in the party. The party can work peacefully and conveniently for the welfare of the party and the Naga people since corrupt and polluted leaders have been removed from the party," said the former Chief Minister of Nagaland.
Dr. Liezietsü cautioned party leaders that the present Chief Minister and his group have "destroyed the government and now they will try to destabilise even the party." However, he encouraged party members that if the leaders "stand committed and firm, no force of money or power can destroy the party."
With this, he hoped that, the NPF party shall rule beyond 2018.
The present political crisis in the party, the NPF President said, is a "blessing in disguise," and urged party workers to stand firm on principles to make the party grow "taller and stronger," shared the press release.
Crisis is 'vitamin'
NPF legislator CL John, while speaking at the program today, said that the present crisis is "vitamin" for the NPF as it has filtered corrupt MLAs from the party, stated the press release. He also said that the crisis is a revival period for the party to get stronger.
NPF MLA, Yitachu said that the NPF party is growing from strength to strength and even expanding its wings to other Naga-inhabited areas. This, according to him, has scared the BJP Government at the Centre which has brought in all mechanisms at its disposal to bring down the Dr. Shürhozelie-led NPF government.
Yitachu asserted that those who uphold the NPF party principles uphold the future of the Nagas.
MLA Vikheho Swu admitted that crisis after crisis within the NPF occurred due to disgruntlement and power mongering among MLAs themselves that "quality time for the development of the state could not be availed sincerely." He called upon the people to elect only sincere and dedicated leaders in the future.
MLA Chotisuh Sazo appreciated party leaders for standing firm despite the crisis. He warned that many dissident MLAs may come to lure party leaders with lucrative offers but urged to uphold the true spirit of the party.
During the programme, NPF Working President, Huska Yepthomi, Women Wing President, Tonlih Wangsa, Youth Wing President, Vihoshe Swu, Farmers Wing President, Lanukaba Ao and Minority Wing President, Bishnu Bhattacharjee also spoke.
'Will not allow the saffron party to create disturbance'
The NPF has severed all ties with the BJP to protect the identity and the rights of the Nagas. NPF President Dr. Shürhozelie Liezietsü said this today while addressing party workers in Kohima, according to a press release from the NPF Media & Press Bureau.
As per the release, Dr. Liezietsü said that the NPF is not against Hinduism but it will not allow the saffron party to create disturbance to Naga politics. He alleged that the Nagaland State Governor, a "hardcore RSS pracharak," had "violated" constitutional provisions and established laws in order to "bring down" his government but that he will "never achieve his dream to install a BJP government in Nagaland."
The NPF President admitted that due to its alliance with the BJP, the party on many occasions could not speak out the truth but "now the NPF does not have any hesitation to speak the truth for the Naga people."
He also said that though the NPF party has detached alliance with the BJP, it appreciates Prime Minster Narendra Modi for supporting and strengthening the ongoing Naga Peace Process and for curbing corruption.
No official communication: BJP
Taking to media persons in Kohima on the sidelines of the swearing-in ceremony for the new council of ministers, BJP's Nagaland unit President Visasolie Lhoungu today said that they are yet to receive any official communication from the NPF regarding severing ties with the BJP. He said that they came across this news through social media and local papers, but are yet to receive any official information from NPF.
Source: Morung Express