Dr. Shürhozelie Liezietsu handing over NPF party ticket for the Lok Sabha bye-election to Apok Jamir in Kohima on May 9.
Kohima, May 9 (MExN): Naga People’s Front (NPF) president, Dr. Shürhozelie Liezietsu today reiterated that the party no longer has any connection whatsoever with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Nagaland.
In such a scenario, the party has directed the Rajya Sabha MP from Nagaland, who is also the Secretary General of NPF, to apply for a separate seat in the parliament “when we are no longer having any connection with BJP/NDA here in Nagaland,” Shürhozelie stated during the ticket distribution ceremony of NPF for Lok Sabha bye-election today in Kohima.
“…we continued to claim ourselves that we were in NDA because NDA belongs to many political parties. But now, that issue is no more because NDA is dictated by BJP and they have already taken NDPP into their fold,” he said.
In Nagaland, he added, NPF has invited all secular forces to come together to fight against communal forces and expressed happiness that Indian National Congress has responded to the call in principle in support of secularism.
Hoping that more political parties will come forward in due course of time, he said, “Even if their candidates are with BJP de fact Government today, we invite all regional minded people to join hand with us. Your vote is sacred.”
The NPF president also reminded that the party declared to uphold Article 25 of the Constitution of India which deals with ’Right to Freedom of Religion.’
“In Nagaland we have this freedom in its totality,” he asserted, alleging that in other parts of the country, particularly States ruled by BJP, “this freedom is no more.”
“Nagaland is a Christian State. Our population is small compared to others. Some Nagas are allowing communal forces to come into our land and take root just for the sake of their chairs without having any thought of what will become the result of their today’s ambition for Nagaland’s tomorrow,” he further noted.
“Therefore, we want our people to realize the danger of invasion of our culture and our Christian Faith by outside forces. We believe every believer in Nagaland can understand this simple logic.”