Dr. Shürhozelie rubbishes NDPP charges

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 7/29/2019 11:26:53 AM IST

Reacting to news item issued by NDPP that mocked him by terming him a fortune taller, NPF president Dr. Shürhozelie Liezietsu asserted that he was not a fortune teller and he did not believe in such practices. 

In a rejoinder the veteran politician clarified that he was a simple Christian, attended church on Sundays regularly, sat at the backside, listened to sermons and came back home happily, ate well and slept well. He claimed that he neither envied others nor had ill-will against anyone and only spoke what was in his mind.
Liezietsu said that while inaugurating a new building constructed by NPF Dimapur division on July 25 he had stated that NPF was the only viable regional political party representing the people of Nagaland and their identity. Many political parties like NNO, NCN, NPP, DLP, NDM, NDP and UNDP were formed but all of them disappeared, due to lack of political ideology and commitment. NPF was the only party that survived against all odds for more than 50 years because this party was handed down to “us with a purpose by our elders”. 
According to him, that day he was speaking in Dimapur to party people when he had mentioned names of other political parties that came up and disappeared, including NDPP. And if NDPP felt hurt, if it felt that it did not belong to that group of political parties, if it felt that it was growing from strength to strength every day, let matter end there and he had no argument, he proposed.
“I have nothing to say even if they grow out of proportion one day. But why they are repeating the same charges against me all the time as if the writers of the NDPP are always writing under some chemical influence,” he remarked.
Referring to the rejoinder issued by him in response to the allegations levelled against him by Chingwang Konyak on February 4 this year that appeared in local dailies, the NPF president recalled that he had thrown an open challenge to the former for a public debate as he had no interest in paper war. But while NDPP’s president remained silent on the issue, its media & communication centre was repeating the allegations again and again as if under the influence of something that was so attractive to few people, he added.
Admitting that his government was dismissed “unceremoniously” by BJP government at the Centre with the help of then governor and “some tall leaders” in Nagaland, Liezietsu mentioned that NDPP always seemed amused at that dismissal as it had played its role well in that drama, which it considered a success. 
“But for me, I have no regret because I have never asked for that chair by myself. I was rather offered or forced to take up the responsibility under compelling situation when Nagas lost two precious lives with more than 20 government offices burnt down in the State Capital itself. We need not go further to find out who was responsible for creating such situation. During my short stay as CM, I have played my part fair. I brought the situation under complete control within one month’s time. It was not me but the providence hands that controlled the situation and the co-operation extended by the people. I am not claiming any credit but I am only telling about what had happened during that short tenure,” the rejoinder explained.
The veteran NPF leader advised the ruling party to concentrate its writing more on the achievements of its government, if any. But by forgetting its responsibility to highlight the achievements of its government and instead attacking the opposition by repeating the same allegations again and again, he said the people of Nagaland would judge if such a government could deliver goods to them.

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