BJP, NPF decide to bury the hatchet
DIMAPUR, NOVEMBER 12
Deciding to the bury the hatchet after months of acrimony, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Naga People’s Front (NPF) have resolved to further strengthen the ties between the two parties and work more closely even in future for the peace and development of Nagaland.
The decision to this effect was taken at a meeting between the BJP secretary (Organization) and in-charge of Nagaland Prashant Arora, state BJP president Dr. Chuba Ao, NPF president Dr. Shurhozelie Liezietsu and Chief Minister TR Zeliang at Hotel De Oriental Grand in Kohima on November 9, a release from CMO said today.
Both the BJP and NPF while agreeing to keep aside all past differences also decided not to let any individual interest disturb the decade-old coalition and reaffirmed their commitment to strengthen the DAN government.
This decision was endorsed by Union Minister of Tribal Affairs Jual Oram when he called on Chief Minister TR Zeliang at his official residence in Kohima today. The Union Minister who held a brief closed door meeting with the Chief Minister was accompanied by BJP National Convener, Sampar Cell, Sunil Deodhar, BJP Nagaland in-charge and secretary, Organization, Prashant Arora, State BJP president Dr Chuba Ao, State BJP general secretary K James Vizo, State BJP treasurer Bimal Sheti and Parliamentary Secretary of Transport Paiwang Konyak.
CM, Shürhozelie’s leadership undisputed, says Patton
Home Minister Y Patton brushing aside the rumours doing the rounds for change of leadership in the NPF-led DAN-III government said the leadership of Chief Minister TR Zeliang and NPF president Dr. Shürhozelie remains undisputed. Patton said this while speaking at Longla Baptist Church platinum jubilee celebration at Longla village today.
Asserting that it is not possible to satisfy every member, he said, therefore, there may be discontentment somewhere.
However, all the legislators in the DAN-III government under the able leadership of TR Zeliang are intact and are putting in all efforts to work for the people inspite of the government being in a tight financial situation, he stated.
“Thus the question for change of guard does not arise,” he said and urged the people not to be confused or swayed by such false propaganda.
Meanwhile, Patton extended greetings to the church members and all believers who attended the jubilee celebrations.
Recalling his visit to Longla village way back in 1970s along with some of his mentors, he has expressed his belongingness to the village and urged upon the people for a change in life style to live in a Christian way.
He said jubilee celebration is a time to exalt and acknowledge the Almighty God for all the good works that He has done to us and also a time to forgive amongst each other for the misadventures and misgivings that had taken place in our day to day affairs. Patton sought advice and prayer support from the church members so that God will enable him to work for betterment of the people of the area in particular and the Nagas in general. He also called upon the people of Nyiro Range to live together in unity and to be an agent of peace and development.