Kohima: “Leaders can come and go, but this Party will continue to be there to serve the people, to represent their interests and their personality. The Party should be guided by this ideology and each one of us should contribute our best to the Party any time when ever our services are called for,” said Dr Shürhozelie Liezietsu in his Presidential address during the Central Executive Council Meeting of the Naga Peoples’ Front (NPF) held on October 9 at the Central Office HQs, Kohima. The event was also attended by party workers from Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh.
The program was chaired by KG Kenye, Secretary General and a prayer was invoked by Rev. K Lürüo, State Chaplain. The welcome address was delivered by Huskha Yepthomi, Working President. Dr. Shürhozelie Liezietsu highlighted the significant changes and events of the last three years of the present tenure of office where the 12th General Election was held and the Party won an absolute majority for the first time. Another significant event was the observance of the Golden Jubillee Celebration by the Party on December 12, 2013 in Kohima. Mentioning the election of Neiphiu Rio as MP to the Lok Sabha, the NPF president stated that “many of the party leaders and all our legislators did not agree for the former Chief Minister to go away from the State and, therefore, consultation were made threadbare but finally the Search Committee had recommended the name of our former Chief Minister.” He further stated that the NPF legislators, “in their own wisdom,” decided to support TR Zeliang to be CM which the party gave full support.
While stating that some senior leaders could not join the new arrangements, Dr. Liezietsu stated , “We are broadly democratic not only in nature but in practice also and, therefore, flexibility is always there for proper adjustment to be made in due course of time.” In conclusion, he affirmed that to build is difficult but to destroy is easy and that construction and destruction are two things diametrically opposite to one another and NPF is for construction.
“Policies and programs is the lifeline of any government or political party,” said T. R Zeliang while appealing to its members to carry the message of government policies and programs. Countering the various criticisms on NSDZ, NIB and NLTP, the Chief Minister stated that if any part of the policy infringes the 371A or the rights of the Nagas, the government will rectify and stand for correction.
On NSDZ, Zeliang stated that unless the state invites investors, young unemployed generation will never be employed. Further on the ILP, the CM said, “We never intend to remove ILP. We said to ‘relax’. ILP is 15 days valid and there is no provision for renewal or extension.” He further expressed the need for categorization of obtaining ILP for tourists, settlers and workers. “To regulate the system, we have passed the resolution. We welcome the suggestion from anyone and to streamline the system,” he added.
Pressing on the issue of Assam-Nagaland border which Zeliang affirmed has been pending for the last half century, he added that for the first time in history, the Supreme Court has announced that the Ministry of Home Affairs will take the responsibility to settle Assam-Naga issue amicably. “This is one step forward we have achieved. Unless we go for amicable settlement, SC will never draw the line of boundary between this two states,” said the CM who plans to meet MHA this week. The CM hoped for an amicable settlement to the issue and the ushering of peace.
- With resumption talks between of GoI and NSCN (IM), it hoped both sides will participate with sincerity and with an open mind to facilitate an amicable solution.
- Approved and endorsed the resolution adopted b y the Central office Bearers on September 9 authorizing the president NPF to constitute the nomination committee. Division offices for the ensuing of tenure with effect from January 2015. The meeting also proposed to extend the tenure of office bearers from present three years to five years term.
- Supported the formation of Joint Legislator Forum and urged speakers to do the needful at the earliest.
- Authorized the President NPF to fix the place and date for the next general convention of the party.
Source: The Morung Express