The Naga People’s Front (NPF) on Wednesday categorically denied severing ties with its ally, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and rubbished the entire episode as ‘mischievous’.
A press statement issued by the central headquarters of the party said during the party’s central office bearers meeting on January 15 last, the party’s decision taken on July 18, 2017 on severing ties with BJP was discussed.
“There were queries from among the members in the meeting whether the party could review its decision. The matter was discussed and concluded that since the subject matter was beyond the brief/power of the central office bearers to discuss, the same should go to central executive council again and, for that reason, the president was empowered to convene council meeting,” the NPF press note stated.
“We are aware that many political leaders are trying to woo the BJP to become its allies. And the NPF has no objections for such attempts but the party want to advise them that they should not play calculated mischief,” it further stated.
The party also clarified that the central office bearers meeting never discussed about ticket issue for the ensuing elections. The NPF said it is for solution of the Naga political problem from the beginning till date. The only thing discussed in the meeting, it claimed, was that ‘we do not want to repeat the 1998 experience.’
Resolutions adopted during the meeting included: empowering the NPF president, Dr Shürhozelie Liezietsu to convene a meeting of the central executive council; and endorsing the decision of the party president to revoke all suspension/expulsion orders of the NPF workers/office bearers of the divisional/area units.