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Will not issue NPF tickets to rebel MLAs: Shurhozelie

Thursday, 14 September 2017 12:07
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Mon, September 13: NPF President Dr Shurhozelie Liezietsu today declared that the Naga People's Front (NPF) is all geared up to bring out its 2018 general election manifestos soon. 

"Besides some hiccups taking place in the NPF party with some dissident MLAs revolting against the party leadership, the Naga People's Front is all geared up to bring out its 2018 General election manifestos soon," Shurhozelie declared at a NPF Mon Division rally here at the Council Hall.

Shurhozelie said the party will very soon study how best to go about selecting its candidates, and made it clear that the party has no time to argue with dissident MLAs who have been either expelled or suspended from the party, said a press release issued by the Media & Press Bureau, NPF Central Headquarters.

On the prospects of the 37 dissident legislators against whom 22 have been expelled and 10 suspended, Shurhozelie said they would have to find "a landing ground" if they want to contest the next elections and that they would have "no choice but to land anywhere where their collective leadership asks them to land" as the NPF will not issue them party tickets. 

Shurhozelie said the NPF will look and focus more on the young and capable leaders as party candidates and will also concentrate on capable women as its party's candidates in the coming general elections. 

He reiterated that "the NPF party can never afford to include corrupted, habitual defectors and dishonest leaders to represent the party."

Calling upon the party rank and file to stand firm on their principles and party's ideologies, Shurhozelie urged the party workers "not to be carried away by the false propagandas as the truth will prevail."

"We should not believe or listen to the rumours that are spread willfully by the dissident group, but be prepared for the coming election", he said.

In his address, DAN chairman and NPF legislature party leader, Khuzholuzo Nienu (Azo), MLA said MLAs can never snatch away the party from the party workers. Reminding the gathering about the 2015 crisis when the rebel camp appointed him as their Chief Whip, he said that though "they commanded majority of the legislators as well as the party workers during that time at the rebel camp, everything failed since the constitution bound them."

He said that the court will soon give its verdict regarding the chief whip issue but the party's main concern now is to focus on the coming general election. 

NPF working president, Huskha Yepthomi called upon the gathering that "leaders of the party should be a leader of the party and not a leader for the MLAs." He also termed the dissident MLAs as having "sold the public mandate given to them to TR Zeliang" and said that they have no right to come back again to seek the people's mandate in future.

Tohanba MLA, P Longon MLA, NPF working president Apong Pongener, ex Minister Kongam, ex MLA Asu Kheyho, NPF Kohima Division president Goneiu Sirie and Mokokchung Division president, Moasungba Jamir also spoke in the rally. The programme was chaired by Mon Division president, L Yanlong, welcome speech was delivered by Thonwang, MLA and vote of thanks was pronounced by CL John, MLA. (Page News Service) 

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