Nagaland Polls: NPF Factions to shake hands ahead of Elections

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Story highlights

  • The warring factions of Naga People’s Front are planning to join hands
  • CM TR Zeliang and Shurhozelie Liezietsu reportedly inked a reconciling document
  • A final outcome of this process could be expected in a couple of days, say sources

The warring factions of Naga People’s Front(NPF) of Nagaland are planning to reunite again ahead of Nagaland Legislative Assembly Polls. As per the reports, both the CM TR Zeliang and former CM Shurhozelie has inked a document of reconciliation.

The internal crisis began in July

The two factions of Naga People’s Front, one of which is led by Chief Minister TR Zeliang and other by former CM Shurhozelie Liezietsu are finally trying to be on the same page as only two months are left for the Legislative Assembly Elections.

As per the information from the sources, both the dignitaries on December 9 met to ink a document of Reconciliation.

Sources also said that a reconciliatory process was on and Zeliang and Liezietsu have inked a document accepting to reconcile and reunite.

A final outcome of the reconciliatory process could be expected in a couple of days.

However, Nagaland health minister Imkong L. Imchen, who is in Zeliang camp, said the process was initiated as a solution to the vexed Naga political issue is expected to be reaching the final stage.

“Solution of the Naga political issue is the prime concern and as legislators, we thought it is best to work together for a final settlement without a difference to achieve the common aspiration of the Naga people,” he said.

Another reason for the reconciliation, Imchen said, was the acknowledgment of the directive of the Election Commission of India to reconcile and resolve the matter as per the provisions of the NPF constitution.

The sources also said that after the reconciliatory process is completed the NPF faction headed by Rio would die “a natural death”.

They, however, said Rio, accepting the reconciliation, has decided to resign from the post of president.

The internal crisis in the party began in July after 36 NPF MLAs joined Zeliang’s camp to oust then chief minister Liezietsu, and after a division in the NPF resulted in a parallel party with former CM Neiphiu Rio as its president.

Shürhozelie, who was dismissed from the Chief Minister’s post and the Nagaland Governor on June 18 had earned the ire of vested interests within the NPF ministry for attempting to stamp out corruption in the government.

The Presidential Elections were conducted on 17th of July.

Nagaland, Chief Minister Dr. Shurhozelie Liezietsu also faced dissent activity.

For the purpose, a Floor test was declared to be done on 15th July to prove the status of support for CM Liezietsu. But this test was postponed by the Governor of Nagaland.

But now both the factions are planning to come on the same page as the state is on the final stage of Naga Peace Talks and they want the state to welcome it before the Legislative Assembly Elections that are scheduled for 2018.

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