NPF President Dr. Shürhozelie Liezietsu and others at the emergency meeting of the Central Executive Council (CEC) of Naga People’s Front (NPF) in Kohima on June 12. (Morung Photo)
Kohima | June 12
Naga People’s Front (NPF) President, Dr. Shürhozelie Liezietsu today said that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was with the NPF for a long period of time but finally they themselves had walked away from NPF in search of greener pasture, “and therefore, we have no more connection, no more alliance with BJP now.”
But in Manipur, he said even after they walked away “we have been lending continued support to BJP government which was more or less circumstantial for reasons beyond the jurisdiction of the political parties, which we believe every sensible person ought to understand.”
“We have, in principle, taken decision to withdraw support to BJP Government in Manipur as early as February 8, 2019. But reasons stated above, our support continues till today. Our support to BJP Government in Manipur may not have any effect either on us or on BJP, but we do not want to vitiate the atmosphere in any manner for the ongoing process of the ‘Framework Agreement’,” said Dr. Liezietsu.
He stated his during his presidential address at the emergency meeting of the NPF’s Central Executive Council (CEC) here today.
“Our political adversaries, while having alliance with BJP here in Nagaland, have been deliberately trying their best to provoke our mind so that NPF withdraws its support to BJP government in Manipur early. I will only say that we will not be pressurized by such provocations and take a wrong step because ’to strive to work for peace and settlement’ is our declared policy,”the NPF president said.
Meanwhile, Dr. Liezietsu said that NPF would continue to uphold the principles of non-violence and strive for resolution of all conflicts through peaceful means.
“We will continue to appeal to the wisdom of our national workers to come closer to one another and stand together on the same platform and adopt the same approach towards solution of the Naga political problem based on ground realities,” he said. He further reiterated the stand for integration of “all Naga ancestral areas under one administrative roof.”
On the NPF’s current position in state politics, Dr Liezietsu stated that “it is also a time to prove oneself of his integrity, his firmness and his commitment towards his people.” “The way one lives and behaves as an opposition member will have long term reflection on his political career,” he said.
Expressing hope that the legislature party is trying to explore possibilities towards bringing change in government, he stated that the party is prepared to extend full cooperation for any arrangement as long as the regional identity of the party is maintained.
Meanwhile, leader of opposition T.R. Zeliang congratulated Dr. Lorho S. Pfoze, newly elected MP (Lok Sabha) from Outer Manipur Constituency. Dr. Pfoze assured that as MP, he will continue to work for strengthening the NPF and also to work for the cause of Naga people. MLA Y. Vikheho Swu also spoke at the meeting.
Earlier, ex-MLA R. Tohanba delivered welcome address while the programme was led by NPF vice president Pusazo Luriio. The second session was led by NPF secretary general and MP (Rajya Sabha) K.G. Kenye while vote of thanks was proposed by NPF general secretary V. Phushika Aomi.
Later, the meeting came out with a ten points resolution.
CEC NPF Resolutions
- Acknowledges the party workers and electorate of Outer Manipur Parliamentary Constituency for electing the NPF candidate, Dr. Lorho S. Pfoze.
- Acknowledges citizens of Nagaland for extending support to Congress candidate KL Chishi during the recently held LS polls, while congratulating Tokheho Yepthomi and Narendra Modi on their victories.
- Continue to uphold the principles of non-violence and strive for resolution through peaceful means.
- Uphold the unique political history of the Nagas.
- Support to the signing of the Framework Agreement between the Government of India and NSCN (IM) and strongly urge the parties to come to term for an honorable inclusive political settlement without further delay.
- Stand for integration of all Naga ancestral areas under one administrative roof.
- Takes strong exception on the Government of India’s attempt to make Hindi compulsory.