Post Mortem

Uneasy calm within the NPF

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 2/1/2020 12:47:32 PM IST

 (From previous issue)

Thus the suspension of Kenye from the NPF gets most curious considering that the animosity between TRZ and Kenye had been almost palpable after the infamous Midnight Meeting of February 15, 2017 when the latter mustered all the NPF legislators and convened a meeting with the then Chief Minister TRZ at the Banquet Hall around 11.00 pm and demanded that he, TRZ, pave way for the party president to take over the reins of the State. TRZ was compelled to resign; Dr Shurhozelie was sworn in; but to appease TRZ, Dr Shurhozelie appointed his predecessor as the Advisor, Finance with the rank of a Cabinet Minister.

Five months later, when Dr Shurhozelie was asked by party rank and file to contest and continue as Chief Minister till Assembly elections of 2018, TRZ literally pulled the proverbial rug from beneath the feet of Dr Shurhozelie by taking away majority of the MLAs to Kaziranga and maneuvered his way into the arms of the then Governor PB Acharya. Dr Shurhozelie recused himself, so to speak, from participating in a Vote of Confidence, and well, the rest is his story… TRZ’s story.

Anyway, Hell hath no fury like a Chief Minister toppled and Dr Shurhozelie painted his face with a grim sneer and went on a warpath. From his Advisor, Finance, TRZ became “that Heraka Boy”; from the BJP being the NPF’s “natural ally” since 1978 when the regional party allied with the Jan Sangh (BJP’s predecessor), it became the very Devil replete with horns, tail and the trishul to pierce the heart and soul of Christianity and the Naga way of life. This warpath, understandably, did not endear the NPF to the BJP, and on the eve of the 2018 Elections, the BJP leadership did not want to have any truck whatsoever with the NPF despite the latter’s outrageous flirtations with the BJP for a pre-poll alliance. The come-hither coy winks and endeavours of the NPF extended to the BJP in the middle part of 2019 were snuffed out by BJP leadership in Delhi like a smoker does to cigarette butts, even though the NPF Party President had, a week or so earlier, given a free hand to his disenchanted Legislators wriggling in acute discomfort staying in the Opposition bench, to work out any political move that would enhance their, and ostensibly the party’s, position in the State’s political firmament. However, the NPF legislators returned from Delhi empty-handed with their chins on their chests like unwilling school children returning home with poor report cards. It is a speculation worth mentioning if Kenye’s suspension from the party indicates the growing clout of TRZ in the NPF camp, and also the gradual isolation of the Grand Old Man of regional politics from the party he literally breast-fed all these decades. If this is so, we political spectators can expect in the not-so-distant future, considering the proximity TRZ has with BJP leadership, a concoction of Galho laced lavishly with Saffron. In this eventuality, the swan-song of the oldest regional political party in the region is nigh.

All said and done, sagging morals reign supreme in the crumbling citadel of the grand old regional party in the State, and the forthcoming bye elections to the two Assembly Constituencies may spring up more than a few surprises.

Mean time, we spectators of the political arena can only rub our chins raw wondering if the two power houses within the NPF party would pull each other down causing a massive cataclysmic implosion, or march ahead holding each other’s hands so that they do not stab each other in the back once again. This uneasy calm prevailing within the NPF party could be the proverbial calm before the storm. And this storm, if at all it takes place, could be apocalypse for the grand old regional party.

(Concluded)

Sebastian Zumvu

(The writer belongs to a political party. These are his personal opinions)

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