NPF DOES NOT NEED DIRECTIVE OR DECISION OF CENTRE: KENYE
In the aftermath of the political development on February 15 when some 42 NPF and independent legislators (ministers, advisors, parliamentary secretaries) decided to prop up NPF president and DAN chairman Dr. Shühozelie Liezietsü to replace T.R. Zeliang as chief minister; the Governor P.B. Acharya air dashed to Delhi along with the beleaguered chief minister.
The sudden departure had surprised many since it was largely expected that the Governor would ensure that constitutional process of restoring the normal functioning of the government would be set in motion after swearing in of the next chief minister. The state has been on the boil since January 28 through indefinite state wide bandh called by NTAC and JCC to demand the resignation of T.R. Zeliang on moral ground for the police firings and deaths of two youths.
Perhaps quite aware of public murmur about T.R. Zeliang air dashing to Delhi for consultations with central leaders, Rajya Sabha MP and NPF secretary general K.G. Kenye reiterated to media persons that NPF being a regional party did not need to take any directive or decisions from the Centre of any outsider. Addressing media at the residence of PHE minister Tohkeho Yepthomi where the NPF legislators held a meeting, Kenye revealed that T.R. Zeliang reportedly agreed to step down.
However, it may be pointed out that before air dashing to Delhi T.R. Zeliang had prepared a letter addressed to NTAC convenor K.T. Vilie regarding demands for his stepping down. In his letter, Zeliang sought “two to three days” time to ensure “smooth transition of office and in the larger interest of the state”.
T.R. Zeliang’s sudden departure to Delhi had also taken most legislators by surprise and raised murmurs. According to Kenye, the meeting at Tokheho’s residence was mainly to inform the members about it. There were a total of 41 legislators -34 NPF and 7 Independent- at the meeting while two ministers were absent. Kenye told media persons that Zeliang had gone to Delhi to pay courtesy call on the Home minister and that it was by sheer coincidence that Governor Acharya was also bound for the same destination.
On being asked why the sudden U-turn by the legislators who had been backing Zeliang despite mass public demands for his immediate resignation since January 31; Kenye said it was due to the thinking that public demand had to be addressed. He also disclosed that the legislators would meet tomorrow to formalize the change after the return of T.R. Zeliang.
Raj Bhavan, CMO version on mission Delhi
Nagaland Governor P.B.Acharya and Nagaland chief minister T.R. Zeliang, who air dashed to Delhi have come out with separate statements about their mission Delhi.
PRO Raj Bhavan said Acharya had gone to seek union home minster Rajnath Singh’s help to solve the current political crisis. The crisis mentioned included- political situation caused by the deaths of three youths, loss of public properties, indefinite bandh during HSLC and HSSLC exams, closure of government offices paralysing government machinery etc. The Governor had also assured NTAC and JCC on their February 17 deadline, that “proper and timely action would be taken.”
In another communiqué, CMO claimed both Governor and CM rushed to Delhi rather than remain in the state, as they were “alarmed” about likelihood of imposition of President’s Rule. CMO claimed that Zeliang believed that PR would not solve the “social unrest” in the state. It may be recalled that NTAC and JCC had reminded Governor on February 10 about his assurances to intervene and take action.