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Shurhozelie not to resign; demands recall of Governor

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Kohima, August 11: The Naga People's Front (NPF) which is struggling with internal crisis said its President, Dr Shurhozelie Liezietsu will not quit the chair.

But rebel NPF led by former chief minister and now Lok Sabha MP, Neiphiu Rio said resignation of Liezietsu would pave the way for reconciliation and unity of the party.

The rebel camp, which is running its central office from the Hotel Legacy - a building owned by Rio, has demanded that Liezietsu resign as he has lost the confidence of the party people. 

Rio has been appointed as interim President of the NPF. 

NPF spokesman,  Achumbemo  Kikon emphatically said that there is no question of Liezietsu resigning as President. "What do you mean by for the sake of party unity when they are trying to destroy the party," he asked.

But the rebel camp said resigning by Liezietsu would unite the party. "As a senior citizen and a seasoned politician he should respect the voice of the majority because under the Indian Constitution majority reign supreme and nothing else," the NPF rebel camp said. The rebel camp insider said reconciliation can take place if Liezietsu quit the chair. 

Liezietsu took over the chair of the president some 15 years back after Huska Sumi was impeached. It was then Nagaland People's Council (NPC).

The rival camp has set a deadline of August 13 for Liezietsu to resign. 

Currently NPF has two Presidents, two DAN Chairman, two Party Legislature Leaders and two Central Offices. 

In the meantime, the NPF has demanded restoring Liezietsu's Government which was dismissed on July 19 and recalling of Governor P B Acharya for his alleged misuse of constitution. To press for their demand NPF Youth Wing today staged a sit in protest outside Raj Bhavan. 

Taking a sharp dig on Acharya, the Youth Wing today began its four-day sit in protest. Youths gheraoed the Raj Bhavan and asked for dismissal of the unconstitutional T R Zeliang government. The agitators strongly voiced that if the Indian government considers Naga people as its citizen, the right form of Constitution should be made functional to run the state government.

Angered with the way the Governor "hijacked the mandated Shürhozelie's

Government", the youths further warned that if the Centre do not recall back the Governor, the youths would be "compelled to seek other ways and means to chase him out."

"The Governor being the custodian of the Indian Constitution in the state should protect the state but instead, he is breaking every norm of the precious Constitution", the youths alleged.

Speaking on the occasion, MLA, Yitachu said the Governor who earlier talked about corruption in various department has "lost his integrity and principle and is indulging himself in the mother of all corruption by installing an unconstitutional government."

"In no state, we expect a Governor like PB Acharya who is supposed to be the guardian of the law of the state to snatch away the rights of the people in this manner", Yitachu said.

He said if the Indian Government really has concern for the fate of the Naga people than it should send some better person as the Governor of the state who can abide and function according to the Indian Constitution.

The MLA also reiterated that if the octogenarian Governor thinks Naga people will not raise their rights for his unconstitutional politics then it will be his "biggest mistake and miscalculation."

The former Minister also asserted that if the Governor thinks the Indian Constitution is not for the Naga people, they can understand him but if the Indian Constitution protects the Naga people then immediately Zeliang's government should be dislodged.

Therefore, Yitachu urged the Centre to recall back the Governor and appoint a person who is well versed with the constitution and act accordingly for the welfare of the people.

Ridiculing Rio's appointment as Interim President of their so-called NPF party as the biggest blow to the Naga people, he said people were not foolish enough to accept such kind of self-styled Interim President.

"The recently launched Democratic People's Party (DPP) is the son of Neiphiu

Rio and this cannot be forgotten by any Naga. Instead of nurturing his infant party, Rio is now trying to hijack and dismantle the whole NPF set up through his money power", Yitachu said and asked, "can such kind of leadership quality take the Naga people to any greater heights?"

He cautioned that younger generation cannot be underestimated by such leaders and that the Naga people are well aware of the power hungry and the truthful leaders.

Another NPF MLA, Tohanba said people will never accept the violation of the Indian Constitution by the Governor and the Speaker. "NPF will always be there to protect the rights of the Naga people", he added.

NPF working President, Huskha Yethomi in his speech said if the Indian Government wants people to live under its Constitution, Acharya should be called back. "The Naga people is not against a person in the stature of Governor but it will go against any Governor who do not uphold the Constitution and protect the people with the law", Huskha said

He also warned that before the people run out of patience, the Governor should either dismiss the unconstitutional Zeliang's Government or retreat himself from the Raj Bhavan. (Page News Service) 

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