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NPF sounds poll bugle for 2018

Published on 14 Sep. 2017 12:31 AM IST
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Dr. Shürho vows not to set up dissidents; more women candidates for 2018 polls 

NPF president and veteran Naga regionalist, Dr. Shürhozelie Liezietsü has described the present crisis within NPF as “hiccups taking place” due to some “dissident MLAs revolting against the party leadership” but despite all these, the NPF was geared up to release the party manifesto to face the 2018 general election in the state in 2018.
Dr. Shürhozelie said this while addressing a mammoth public meeting of NPF workers and leaders at the NPF rally organised by Mon NPF Division at the council hall here Wednesday.
Dr. Shürhozelie, who was dismissed as chief minister by Nagaland Governor on June 18 had earned the ire of vested interests within the NPF ministry for attempting to stamp out corruption in the government said the party will choose its candidates for 2018 based on youth and capability as well as giving more representation to women candidates for 2018. He said the party will shun dissident MLAs who have been either expelled or suspended from the party for going against the party principles.
Dr. Shürhozelie made it clear that the NPF party will not include corrupted and habitual defectors and dishonest leaders to represent the party. He therefore called upon the party rank and file to stand firm on the party principles and ideologies and not to be carried away by false propaganda.
Dr. Shürhozelie urged upon party workers not to be carried away by false propaganda and to remember that “truth will prevail.”
He said the dissident group has been spreading false propaganda with connivance of the central BJP as the saffron party realises it could never come to power on its own in Nagaland. Therefore, said Dr. Shürhozelie, the BJP made a secret pact with chief minister T.R.Zeliang, Neiphiu Rio and Governor P.B. Acharya to install a BJP-friendly coalition. 
However, he said since the three above named failed to merge the NPF legislators with the BJP, they have gone all out to “dismantle” NPF through” diabolical means”.
Dr. Shürhozelie also reminded that during the past three year of DAN government under T.R. Zeliaing, former chief minister Neiphiu Rio has been working with determination to dismantle NPF by not allowing its government to run smoothly. Now, he (Rio) is out to destroy NPF and for which he has joined hands with T.R. Zeliang, said Dr. Shürhozelie. He also reminded the public on how the T.R. Zeliang ministry was saved by the NPF party since 2014 against the attempts to dislodge it by Neiphiu Rio. He asked if Naga people can today accept such shameful leaders who have turned against their own party?
On the present NPF legislators with chief minister T.R. Zeliang, the NPF veteran president said that out of 37 of them, 22 have been expelled and 20 suspended from the party. If these wanted to contest, they would have to find a “landing ground” for which they will have no other option but to seek tickets from any party since NPF will not issue party tickets to such leaders. The NPF president also slammed at those spreading false propaganda meant to elicit hostile response from ENPO leaders during the present crisis. He said these elements have been spreading falsehood for their vested interest but added, “the people of eastern Nagaland are the best judge.”
DAN chairman and NPF legislature party leader, Khuzholuzo (Azo) Nienu, MLA in his address expressed happiness with the party workers for maintaining their principles and integrity towards the party. He also expressed regret over habitual defection of MLAs.
Azo reminded that the dissident MLAs would never be able to snatch away the party from the party workers. He asserted that the NPF will come out as the single largest party in the 2018 election and form the DAN government once again.
NPF working president, Huskha Yepthomi called upon the gathering that to be leaders of the party and not leaders for the MLAs”
He accused the dissident MLAs of having “sold the public mandate given to them to TR Zeliang” and said that they had no right to come back again to seek the people’s mandate in future.
Tohanba, MLA in his short speech said that the Eastern Naga people were made scapegoats. Citing the example of Noke Konyak during the 2015 crisis, he said Noke was offered a prestigious post by the power-mongering leaders and also Chingwang Konyak as president of Rio’s DPP.
P. Longon, MLA lamented that whenever there was a crisis, false rumours were fed to the Eastern Nagas to confuse them. However, Longon expressed the hope that lies can never conquer upon the truth and called upon the party workers to remain steadfast.
Others who spoke on the occasion include NPF working president Apong Pongener, ex-minister Kongam, ex-MLA Asu Kheyho and others. The programme was chaired by NPF Mon division president, L Yanlong, welcome speech was delivered by Thonwang, MLA and vote of thanks was pronounced by CL John, MLA.

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