TNT News | Dimapur, Jan 2, 2018:
Lone Lok Sabha MP, Neiphiu Rio on Tuesday disassociated himself from the newly floated regional party, the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) stating that with his suspension from the Naga People’s Front (NPF) being revoked recently, “It is my natural choice to remain with the NPF to strengthen the party,” Rio said.
In a press statement issued on Tuesday, Rio brushed aside ‘abounding’ speculations about his dealing with the NDPP even as he agreed to have extended his ‘moral’ support to the formation of a new political party way back in 2015, when he was suspended from the NPF.
Furthermore, Rio stated that in view of the present reconciliation process on the suggestion of the Election Commission of India, “I decided to resign from the post of President, NPF even though I was elected by a whopping majority on September 20th, 2017 at the General Convention at Dimapur under the Chief Ministership of TR Zeliang and his group of MLAs,” he added.
It may be mentioned that following the ‘memorandum of reconciliation,’ the NPF President Liezietsu revoked the expulsion of 20 NPF legislators and suspension of 13 other party leaders including Member of Parliament for Lok Sabha Neiphiu Rio on Dec. 15.
He also said that after tendering his resignation on 8th December, 2017, he had also extended his full support to the Presidentship of Dr. Shurhozelie Liezietsu and also withdrew the dispute case from the Election Commission of India on 10th December, 2017.
Rio started his political career from the ‘Cock’ Party, the United Democratic Front in 1974 as Youth President. Illustrating his contribution towards the state, Rio said “I made sacrifices by stepping down from the Ministry in 1990 headed by Late Vamuzo to accommodate fellow legislators. In 2002, I resigned from the Congress Ministry headed by the then Chief Minister Dr. SC Jamir and revived the present NPF Party by way of making numerous sacrifices and maximum contributions and went on to become the Chief Minister of the NPF led DAN Government for 3 (Three) consecutive terms.”
Recently, in the course of the reconciliation process, Rio’s suspension from the NPF party was revoked on 14th December, 2017 to clear all misunderstandings and therefore, “It is my natural choice to remain with the NPF to strengthen the party and serve the people,” he asserted.
“Keeping these above-mentioned points in mind, I totally disassociate myself from the NDPP in every manner whatsoever. As a fledgling political party, I can only wish them well,” he stated.
It may be mentioned that the signing of a ‘memorandum of reconciliation’ on Dec. 8 between chief Minister TR Zeliang and NPF Chief Dr Shurhozelie Liezietsu, Nagaland witnessed another cabinet reshuffle whereby six cabinet ministers were sacked from Zeliang’s cabinet to pave way for induction of Shürhozelie Liezietsu’s loyalists in the cabinet.