Kohima: Naga People’s Front (NPF) president Shürhozelie Liezietsu has clarified today on the stand of the party regarding the filling up of NPF candidate for the “biennial election to the Council of States (Rajya Sabha) in Nagaland”.
“As an old regional party, it is our bounden duty to take a stand to represent the voice of the people, to preserve the cultural heritage of the land, to defend the faith of the people and to voice the urgent need for an early solution to the Indo-Naga political problem,” said the NPF chief in a statement. “Towards this approach, we need leaders who are well conversant with the political history of Nagaland so as to convey the true picture of Nagaland to the national leaders in the Parliament. With this in mind, we invited applications from our leaders,” he added.
According to Shurhozelie, Thenucho Tunyi, the Working president of NPF came forward to contest as NPF candidate and “we accepted his papers considering him to be the right candidate to fill the lone seat to represent Nagaland in Rajya Sabha”. The NPF chief also said he highly appreciated his determination. He further said that to file the nomination of a candidate it is necessary for 10 MLAs to nominate him as per Part X, Misc. Sec. 152 of the Representation of the People’s Act. 1951. “But till the last moment, we failed to fulfil this required criteria and in this way, the last hour was over. Even as president, I am not in a position to speak for others how and why this could not be fulfilled,” the NPF president added.
In spite of all these setbacks, the NPF chief said he must express his thanks to the Legal Cell and COB officers of the party who took trouble and arranged everything in order in time even to the extent of signing the party ticket. “I am constrained to say ‘sorry’ to the people of Nagaland for no fault of mine,” he added.