Nagaland:The events which led to the suspension of Neiphiu Rio from NPF


How the mighty have fallen ,once the undisputed leader from Nagaland today the former Chief Minister and MP Neiphiu Rio has been suspended by the party which he ruled for over a decade.

1)After leading the Nagaland people's front in 2003,2008 and 2013 Neiphiu Rio resigns as the Chief Minister of Nagaland and stands for the Lok Sabha Elections.Sources suggest that he is vying for a post of a Cabinet Minister.

2) Much to the angry of the BJP which does not put a challenger against him in Nagaland ,Rio floats NERPF a regional umbrella political front which claims to be equidistant from Congress and BJP.Allegations are made that he is assisted parties like the IPFT(Tripura) UDP and NPP (Meghalaya) AGP (Assam) as well as local parties in Manipur

3)After winning with a record margin against its Congress counterpart the Chief Minister resigns from his post thereby making Mr TR Zeiliang the former Rajya Sabha Mp the incumbent Chief Minister .It is seen by political analyst that his overtures to BJP are snubbed and two of the most senior leaders from the Northeast (The other being PA Sangma ) are denied cabinet berths by the BJP led NDA

4)Things look uneasy after speculation that after denied being given a cabinet rank Neiphiu Rio would like to return to Nagaland as the Chief Minister .Things take a turn for worse when there is an open revolt by leaders seen close to Rio against the TR Zeliang .

5)Allegations against the education qualification of the Chief Minister TR Zeliang is made ,unconfimred sources suggest that Rio is behind this embarrassment .Similarly two leaders from the NPF Mr. S. Shingnyu and Mr. Hanghu make a similar allegation against the MP.It is also suggested that Rio is more interested in becoming the CM rather than serving as an effective MP in the Lok Sabha

6)NPF issues a Show-cause notice to Rio on the 13th April, 2016,which he receives on the 18th of April.He responds to the notice by saying that commitments of NPF(DAN) election manifestos of 2003, 2008 and 2013 is utmost and  will continue to work tirelessly for the welfare of the people and the state of Nagaland in particular. He urges party to remove the showcase notice

7)Finding his reply unsatisfactory the  Naga People's Front (NPF) President, Dr. Shurhozelie Liezietsu orders the suspension of Nagaland State Lok Sabha MP Neiphiu Rio from the primary and active membership of the party with immediate effect and until further orders.The suspension says that Rio indulged in anti-party activities in order to dislodge the party's Government" so that he could "regain the position of the Chief Minister."