GUWAHATI: Chairman of the coordination committee of ruling Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) comprising the dissidence-riddled Naga People’s Front, BJP, NCP and JD (U), Kuzholuzo Nienu, on Sunday said that the tussle over the post of chief minister has resulted in a political disturbance in the state affecting the people and apologized for it.
Nienu appealed to the alliance members not to issue any provocative statement which may affect the progress of the reconciliation process between the two warring factions of NPF—one of chief minister Shurohozelie Liezietsu and the other led by his challenger and predecessor TR Zeliang.
Zeliang last week moved governor PB Acharya claiming he be allowed to form the government as he enjoyed the majority support in the house, based on which Acharya asked Liezietsu to go for a floor test to prove his majority by July 15. The CM declined the governor’s summon and moved the Kohima bench of Gauhati High Court, which on Friday stayed the floor test till Monday when the matter will be heard.
Nienu said that the sudden political development, which erupted on July 7 has “most regrettably shaken the entire Nagas and took us all by surprise.” He added, “But as a matter of fact and the area we have to understand is, that there is only one CM post and a tussle for the same has unwittingly dragged the rest of the legislators and the innocent public into social and political unrest. Nevertheless, to err is human and as leaders, we are also bound to make mistakes. Therefore, on behalf of the DAN legislators and as the Chairman DAN, I sincerely apologise to all the sections of the people for the on-going political disturbances.”
“We can hardly evade the many conflicts and challenges that are from difference of opinions and clash of interest in any political crisis but that does not mean we cannot have a meeting point. Our primary focus should be to consolidate the party, keep the alliance intact, deliver goods and justice to the public and live up to the expectations of our electorates,” he added.
The state goes to polls early next year and Nienu appealed to the NPF members to stay united, keeping aside any grudges, “bury our hatchets and commit to finding a permanent solution to the present dilemma and predicament through collective political wisdom and foresight.”