Newmai News Network
DIMAPUR | Oct 20
The Dr Shurhozelie led Naga People’s Front (NPF) in its Central Executive Committee (CEC) meeting held today in Kohima while “reiterating” its support to the ongoing peace process between the NSCN (IM) and the Government of India, the CEC expressed its appreciation to the Government of India for inviting the Working Committee of the “Naga National Political Groups” (NNPGs) for negotiation. “It has been the consistent stand of the NPF that solution to the Naga political problem should be inclusive of all stakeholders and this solution should be expedited by all concerned so as to bring about normalcy, peace and prosperity to our land,” one of the meeting resolutions said.
The meeting also “reiterate our appeal to the NSCN (K)” to renounce violence and return to the negotiating table with the Government of India as desired by the Naga people.
It then “vehemently” condemned the “arbitrary dismissal of the Constitutionally-installed Government headed by Dr Shurhozelie by Governor PB Acharya and unconstitutionally installing the TR Zeliang Government saying the tussle for NPF leadership was not an internal party problem”. The meeting said the within a month or so, the Governor had the “temerity to state in a press interview that it is an internal party problem and that the party must reconcile”. The meeting of the Dr Shurhozelie led NPF then cited a case of of Tamil Nadu where Governor C Vidyasagar Rao told the four Opposition leaders today that he could not intervene in the issue of 19 AIADMK “rebels” as they “continue to be AIADMK party members”, but here in Nagaland, the Governor had done just the opposite.
The meeting then welcomed the decision of the Election Commission of India (ECI) dated October 17, 2017, in referring back the matter to the party to put to rest the present crisis once and for all, and placed on record its “sincere appreciation to the ECI for the just and transparent order issued as per the provisions of Article XV of the NPF Constitution; and towards this, endorses the Party President Dr Shurhozelie Liezietsu to summon the General Convention of the party, as desired by the ECI, on November 22, 2017 at 11 am either at Khuochiezie or IG Stadium”.
The meeting then reaffirmed the party’s commitment to remain with the National Democratic Alliance since NPF is one of its founding members in 1977. “However, severance of ties with the BJP, as decided by the CEC on July 18, 2017, shall continue,” it added.
Finally, the meeting resolved that, to “ensure clarity and avoid duplicity in the Constitution of the party, the CEC authorizes the party President Dr Shurhozelie Liezietsu to set up a Constitution Review Committee so that the proposed amendments/ changes in the Constitution can be put up of adoption in the scheduled November 22, 2017 General Convention of the party as required by Article XVI of the Constitution of the party”.