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Banquet Hall no place to elect party president: NPF Central

Published on 1 Aug. 2017 11:49 PM IST
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Naga People’s Front(NPF) has hit back at the 36 legislators by maintaining that the CM’s Banquet Hall was no place to elect or appoint the party president after Monday’s meeting where Lok Sabha MP Neiphiu Rio was selected as ‘Interim President’ of NPF.
NPF Central through its Media and Press Bureau also took note of the 15-day ultimatum served by the 36 legislators asking NPF party president Dr.Shürhozelie Liezietsü to step down. 
 NPF Central reminded the 36 MLAs( 32 of who were either expelled or suspended) that the party constitution had clearly specified how the central office bearers including party president were to be elected.
NPF central said as per Article IV, section 5 of the constitution explained about the procedures but nowhere is there any mention in the party constitution which empowered the party legislators to act on their whims and fancies.
Further, it pointed out that there was no provision or even mention of any post in the party constitution going by the nomenclature “interim President”. 
NPF opined that it was possible that the 36 legislators had been confused about the “ephemeral presidentship held by a respected but misguided party leader during the 2015 crisis.” 
NPF pointed out that the incumbent party president, Dr. Shürhozelie, and his team of central office bearers, were elected for a term of five years in November 2014 . Later, as per the directive of the Election Commission of India in March 2015 , the party held its emergent general convention on April 30,2015 where the tenure of the present team was reiterated by a show of hands. NPF said the results of the voting were videographed as proof and submitted to the ECI which also approved the results. 
 NPF said the selection showed how brief the post of party president could be dealt with since he was appointed by party legislators without following any norm. Hitting out, NPF said there would be no doubt that “Rio would go down the annals of Naga political history as another self-styled president of an imaginary political party.”
It also cited a recent hand written document circulated in the social media wherein 13 NPF functionaries appended their signatures including Lirimong PA to MLA Torechu, swearing allegiance to the Progressive Democratic Party(PDP) on July 10 last ‘under the able and dynamic leadership of Shri Chingwang Konyak, President, DPP Nagaland and Shri Neiphiu Rio, Hon’ble MP Nagaland’!”. 
NPF reminded MLAs to know where they stood lest they ended up in political oblivion. 
It also asked the legislators to ascertain whether the present crisis was caused by party functionaries or the dissident legislators who camped in Kaziranga to stage “their coup d’ tat from outside the State in connivance with leaders of the saffron party.” 
 NPF blamed the dissident MLAs for bringing the party to its “precarious condition” and creating a deep divide between the party organisation and the legislative wing for their selfish hunger for power. 
NPF however said if there was to be any consolation to these legislators, the party organisation remained intact and solidly behind party president barring a few individuals and constituency units.
NPF said it was “disheartening” how “disgracefully thankless ingrates” could ever be when it was the party president, Dr. Shürhozelie, who rescued former chief minister, Neiphiu Rio, in 2004 when majority of the party’s legislators “revolted against him and bayed for his blood.” 
Then in 2015 it said when “Rio-led majority of NPF legislators tried every means” to topple TR Zeliang, they failed as party president Dr. Shürhozelie provided unflinching support to T.R. Zeliang . 
Further, NPF central reminded that when another worst crisis ever hit the state and the party resulting in almost total breakdown of law and order and an almost anarchy-like situation gripped the entire state in January-February this year, “these honourable MLAs who are calling Dr Shurhozelie as a ‘fraud’ now, furtively went to Dr Shurhozelie on February 15 night and begged, beseeched, pleaded and almost sobbed themselves silly asking him to take over as the Chief Minister to save the party and the party-led DAN Government!”
While comparing the past with the present “ignoble behaviour of our honourable legislators”, NPF said it was however “most delightful” to see that party rank and file of the NPF were steadfast behind the party president and most willing to forego material gains.
NPF said it was heartening that party men and women continued to remain loyal to where the belonged and not swayed by promises of monetary benefits extended by “unprincipled and shameless legislators.”
Meanwhile, the NPF central office thanked and appreciated the loyalty of party workers extended during this hour of crisis and urged them to maintain their unwavering stand, saying the truth and justice would ultimately prevail.

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