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BJP merger tactical says Dr. Shürhozelie

NPF President Dr. Shurhozelie presenting a bouquet to forest minister M.C. Konyak during the felicitation-cum-induction programme of the erstwhile state BJP members at Kohima, Monday. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, JUN 8 (NPN):
Published on 9 Jun. 2009 12:51 AM IST
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NPF President and urban development minister Dr. Shürhozelie Liezietsu said the DAN government in the state was “more or less in a transition period”, while the state BJP’s merger with the NPF on May 18 was a ‘tactical move’ towards finding an early solution to the “Indo-Naga” political problem. Delivering the welcome address at the felicitation-cum-induction programme for the erstwhile BJP legislators and members at the conference hall here today, Dr Shürhozelie opined “we strongly believe that solution will come and it will surely come”. He asserted that the NPF had nothing against the BJP in the light of the merger and admitted that, the state had received much help and financial assistance from the then BJP-led NDA government at the centre. He disclosed that the party had made a thorough study of the rules and provisions before the May 18 merger of the BJP and concluded that it was safe. The NPF President also administered oath to nine members of the erstwhile BJP who were inducted to the NPF executive in various posts. Among the newly inducted members prominent members included former BJP president Ato Yepthomi (as Advisor NPF ), Dr. T. M Lotha (Member NPF Working Committee and Co- Convenor PAC), Kiuphong (Vice President NPF Kiphire), T. L Merry (Vice President NPF ) Mrs. Apokla Lucy (Vice President NPF Women Wing), Basu Damani (General Secretary NPF i/c Finance), Shikuto Sema (SecretaryNPF ), Vedayi Nyekha (Secretary NPF i/c Coordination Committee) and Rokiumong (Secretary NPF). Former BJP president and newly inducted Advisor to the NPF Ato Yepthomi reiterated that the decision to merge with the NPF was not a selfish decision. He said the merger was in the interest of the Nagas which he described as a “historic moment.” Similarly, forest minister, M.C Konyak reiterated that the Nagaland BJP took the decision to strengthen the hands of chief minister Neiphiu Rio in achieving the long cherished dream of the Nagas. He also expressed hope that the merger would strengthen their aim for political solution and further development of the state. Konyak also said that the decision was taken, as the BJP had been working with the NPF for the last more than six years “with one heart and one mind”. Dr. T.M Lotha also claimed the BJP and NPF relationship was “a time tested one” and that the merger was rather a “home coming” or old wine in a new bottle. He assured that the BJP merger would enormously strengthen the NPF.Dr Lotha also urged all former BJP members across the state to enroll their names in the NPF party. NPF secretary general K. G. Kenye while summing up the function described the occasion as a “red letter day.” He admitted that the induction of the ex-BJP leaders was done by floating certain procedure under the provision of the party constitution but assured that the same would be regularized soon after the programme.

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