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Dispute over parallel NPF Central offices

Published on 13 Aug. 2017 12:11 AM IST
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A tug of war over setting up of parallel NPF office in Kohima led to a stand-off between supporters of NPF president, Dr. Shürhozelie Liezietsu and interim NPF president, Neiphiu Rio on Saturday.
According to reports, over 40 youths of the 10 Northern Angami-I A/C NPF youth wing staged a protest outside the newly established office of the interim NPF president at Legacy complex, Bayavü Kohima demanding the closure of the “illegal NPF office” setup under Rio.
However, Rio-led NPF party had clarified that the office setup at Legacy complex was just a temporary one. The party’s Kohima division youth wing alleged that around 100 people had come to the office with the sole agenda of violence and to create law and order situation in the otherwise peaceful state capital.
Ultimatum: The 10 Northern Angami-I A/C NFP youth wing on Saturday served an ultimatum demanding that the illegal NPF office setup at Hotel Legacy in Bayavü, Kohima be shutdown on or before August 13, 2017.
In a press note, the youth wing president Viliehou Suokhrie and vice president, Pfulikhrie Keretsu pointed out that the so called office inaugurated on August 10, under the jurisdiction of 10 NA-I A/C, by “the so called interim president, Neiphiu Rio was unauthorized and illegal.”
The youth wing, while serving the ultimatum also made known that the NPF, with its legitimate Central office located at Sokriezie below Hotel Japfü, has only one president-- Dr. Shürhozelie Liezietsu who was duly elected during the General Convention held on November 26, 2014 and the same reaffirmed on April 30, 2015.
The youth wing termed the action of Neiphiu Rio and his supporters, for opening the illegal office under their jurisdiction, as a direct challenge to their authority. It is highly provocative and would invite direct confrontation, the youth wing stated.  Therefore, the youth wing demanded that the so called office had to close down and all NPF flags removed by August 13. Failing to comply with the ultimatum would invite “repercussion of extreme degree and for which Rio would be held solely responsible, the wing warned. 
Meanwhile, NPF Kohima division youth wing said it fully supports the 10 NA-I youth wing ultimatum demanding closure of the so-called illegal NPF office under Neiphiu Rio at his own hotel-- Hotel Legacy at Bayavu Colony.
The youth wing president, Mhashemeyie Neikha and working president Khriezenyü Chielie while condemning the setting up of the illegal office under its jurisdiction, said it would fight tooth and nail if any such illegal office is set up.
The wing also warned unauthorized persons from hoisting the party flag without the permission from the party authority.
The wing said it was fully with the NPF president, Dr. Shürhozelie Liezietsu, who is the only legal and mandated president of the NPF party. Meanwhile, the youth wing has rejected the appointment of “interim president”, saying there is no such unconstitutional post/position in the party.
NPF P&IC rebuffs: Reacting to the ultimatum, NPF press & information cell (PI&C) has advised the NPF youth wing of 10 Northern Angami-I A/C not to threaten the ruling party to close its temporary office without knowing the actual matter at hand.
P&IC pointed out that Lok Sabha MP, Neiphiu Rio was duly elected as interim president of NPF on July 31, 2017 by 36 NPF legislators out of the 48. 
Accordingly, with the support of majority of NPF legislator led by chief minister, T.R. Zeliang, Rio accepted the role as the interim president of the party, it added. 
P&IC said every different party had the right to establish its own party office anywhere in the state capital, including the NPF temporary office located at Legacy complex, Bayavü Hill Kohima
The temporary office was setup only after due permission by the land owner of the Legacy complex. No one has the right to disrupt the functioning of the office which is in a private property, it stated. Further, P&IC said that the 36 NPF legislator does not recognize Dr. Shürhozelie  Liezietsu as the president of NPF due to his autocratic way of functioning, thereby inviting destruction and dismemberment of the party at various hierarchies.
This was why the 36 NPF MLAs had, on July 29, 2017 served a 15 days ultimatum to Dr. Liezietsu to step down as NPF president.
P&IC said since Dr. Shürhozelie has lost the support of majority of NPF legislator, he ceases to be the president of NPF.
In this regard, P&IC said the NPF temporary office at Bayavü hill, Kohima was the only legitimate party office, with the support of the majority NPF legislators and party workers.
There is no illegality in functioning at the premises as temporary office of the party, it said. 
While condemning the action of the 10 NA-I A/C youth wing numbering around 50, who had come and threatened to close down the office on August 12, P&IC said that the ultimatum served was with ulterior motive to disrupt the functioning of the party office. 
In the event of any disruption /destruction of the temporary office, P&IC said that the youth wing of 10 NA-I would be held responsible. It further warned of initiating necessary action and relief before the appropriate authority.
Youth wing: NPF Kohima division/10 NA-I A/C youth wing expressed utter shock over the ultimatum submitted by the “minority NPF youth wing of 10 Northern Angami-I A/C at Legacy Complex Bayavü hill Kohima.
In a press note, the division said a mob numbering around 100 paid youths, foot soldiers of the disputed president were abusive and their sole agenda was violence and to create law and order situation.
However, those present at Legacy complex exercised restraint in order to avoid physical and senseless confrontation. The division made it clear that the NPF headquarters located at Legacy Complex was just a temporary office for communications with the ECI and to run the daily affairs of the party till such time they officially occupy the NPF headquarters at P.R Hill Kohima. 
Stating that their NPF-led DAN government was in absolute 2/3 majority, running the helm of the affairs, the division said it would not be intimidated by such threats, saying “we shall stand the ground come what may!”
The division cautioned that in the event of any consequences, be at the legacy complex or upon its tallest leader-- interim NPF president and Lok Sabha MP, Neiphiu Rio, the minority NPF youth wing would be solely held responsible.

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