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NPF sit-in protest against Governor enters second day

Correspondent KOHIMA, AUG 12 (NPN)
Published on 13 Aug. 2017 12:07 AM IST
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Naga Peoples’ Front (NPF), under the aegis of NPF youth wing, sit-in protest against the Nagaland Governor, P.B. Acharya entered second day Saturday at the entrance gate of the Raj Bhavan.
The youth wing sit-in (dharna) since August 11, demanded restoration of rule of Indian constitution, dismissal of the “unconstitutional government” of T.R. Zeliang and recall of Governor from the state.
Braving the rains, the youth were joined by the MLAs, CEC members, farmer and women wings.
Addressing at the protestors C.L John, MLA reminded that the regional party had survived against all odds since 1993 and only NPF can maintain the integrity and unique identity of the Nagas. Taking a jibe at Governor P.B. Acharya and for being away, John opined that he (Acharya) may have gone to Delhi to learn about the constitution since he lacked knowledge about it. 
John said Acharya ignored that the current issue was an internal affair of the NPF and that he has power because of being an RSS. He said one day Acharya will fall from power and be forced to eat his own words.
John paid tribute to all the founding members of NPF, many of who are no more, but added it was fortunate that veteran regionalist like Dr. Shürhozelie Liezietsu was still alive.
Besides other MLAs with T.R. Zeliang, John said many of them never contested as NPF candidates but joined the party for money and position and also defected since they did no care for the Nagas. 
John also said such members always fall prey to temptations and so if Prime Minister Narendra Modi falls, such members who presently were mulling to join BJP would also fall along with Modi. He listed many who used to be in regional parties but left it to join ruling parties such as former chief ministers, Dr. S.C. Jamir, Neiphiu Rio and present chief minister, T.R. Zeliang. 
Reminding the struggle of the regional party in the past, John urged party loyalists to maintain the integrity and principle of the party.
In his speech, P. Longon, MLA accused the Governor as being corrupt because he had violated the Indian constitution to install an unconstitutional government and so should be immediately replaced. 
Longon reiterated that NPF is for Nagas thereby it will not allow the outsiders to enter inside NPF’s kitchen and dismantle the party.
Kuzholuzo (Azo) Nienu, MLA lauded the commitment of the party workers and urged to remain firm on their principle.
He also appealed the party members not to be a purchasable commodity as that would tarnish the image of one’s life.
Azo also regretted that the words loyalty and gratitude was missing from the dictionary of those defectors despite NPF having done a lot for them. 
He said the 12 MLAs were “pure NPF” whereas the other members were originally Congress, BJP, JDU and NCP. He said the harder the defectors tried to dismantle NPF, the stronger will the party become. 
Governor who reportedly reached Kohima around 4.30 p.m. on Saturday was greeted with slogans by the protestors. 
There was heavy deployment of armed police at the protest site.
Meanwhile the NPF youth wing will hold a devotional service at the protest site on Sunday.

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