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KOHIMA, Jan 2 (NEPS): Former Nagaland Chief Minister and Member of Parliament in Lok Sabha, Neiphiu Rio, has sought to clarify his political position as speculation about his dealing with the newly floated regional political party, Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP), has been going on for quite some time.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, the MP narrated how some like-minded people approached him to form a new political party for which he gave his moral support. This happened when he was placed under suspension from NPF. He further even reminded that he was elected as NPF President by a “whopping majority” on September 20, 2017, at a General Convention at Dimapur under “Chief Minister TR Zeliang and his group of MLAs.” He, however, decided to resign from the post of NPF President following a reconciliation process on the suggestion of ECI and the request of various public leaders as well.
After tendering his resignation as NPF President on December 8, 2017, Rio said he had extended his full support to the presidentship of Dr. Shurhozelie Liezietsu and also withdrew the dispute case from the ECI on December 10, 2017.
Rio also narrated how he started his political career from the Cock Party, the United Democratic Party as Youth President in 1974, besides resigning from the Vamuzo’s Ministry in 1990 to accommodate fellow legislator and also his resigning from the Congress Ministry headed by SC Jamir in 2002. He also disclosed how he revived the present NPF Party by way of making numerous sacrifices and maximum contributions. “With Almighty God’s blessings and people’s support, I went on to become the Chief Minister of the NPF-led DAN Government for three consecutive terms,” he added.
“Now, in course of this reconciliation process, my suspension from the NPF party was revoked on 14th December 2017 to clear all misunderstandings and therefore, it is my natural choice to remain with the NPF to strengthen the party and serve the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 said.
In view of the steps, Rio declared that he “totally dissociate” himself from NDPP in “every manner whatsoever.” He, however, added that since NDPP was a fledgling political party, he could only “wish them well.”