Kohima, August 11: Taking a sharp dig on Nagaland Governor, PB Acharya for dismissing Dr. Shürhozelie’s Government and installing TR Zeliang’s unconstitutional Government in the state, the Naga People’s Front under the banner of Youth Wing today began its four-day sit in protest in front of the Raj Bhavan, Kohima.
Demanding that the Centre recall back the Governor immediately, hundreds of NPF youths gheraoed the Raj Bhavan and asked for dismissal of the unconstitutional Zeliang government.
The agitators strongly voiced that if the Indian government considers Naga people as its citizen, the right form of Constitution should be made functional to run the Nagaland government.
Angered with the way the Governor “hijacked the mandated Shürhozelie’s Government”, the youths further warned that if the Centre do not recall back the Governor, the youths would be “compelled to seek other ways and means to chase him out.”
“The Governor being the Custodian of the Indian Constitution in the state should protect the state but instead, he is breaking every norm of the precious Constitution”, the youths expressed.
Speaking on the occasion, MLA, Yitachu maintained that the Governor who earlier talked about corruption in various department has “lost his integrity and principle and is indulging himself in the mother of all corruption by installing an unconstitutional government.”
“In no state, we expect a Governor like PB Acharya who is supposed to be the guardian of the law of the state to snatch away the rights of the people in this manner”, Yitachu said.
Yitachu also said that if the Indian Government really has concern for the fate of the Naga people then it should send some better person as the Governor of the state who can abide and function according to the Indian Constitution.The MLA also reiterated that if the octogenarian Governor thinks Naga people will not raise their rights for his unconstitutional politics then it will be his “biggest mistake and miscalculation.”
Yitachu also maintained that if the Governor thinks the Indian Constitution is not for the Naga people, we can understand him but if the Indian Constitution protects the Naga people then immediately Zeliang’s government should be dislodged.
Therefore, Yitachu strongly urged upon the Centre to recall back the present Governor and appoint a person who is well versed with the constitution and act accordingly for the welfare of the people.
Hitting hard at the Rio’s appointing as Interim President of their so-called NPF party as the biggest blow to the Naga people, he said Naga people were not foolish enough to accept such kind of self-style Interim President.
The recently launched Democratic People’s Party (DPP) is the son of Neiphiu Rio and this cannot be forgotten by any Nagas. Instead of nurturing his infant party, Rio is now trying to hijack and dismantle the whole NPF set up through his money power, Yitachu said and asked, can such kind of leadership quality take the Naga people to any greater heights?
The MLA also maintained that the younger generation cannot be underestimated by such leaders, the Naga people are well aware of the power-hungry and the truthful leaders.
However, Yitachu said that no matter how hard they try to play with the NPF, Naga people will raise their voice of the NPF and the party will always speak for the Naga people.
Another NPF MLA, Tohanba also raised in the occasion that the Naga people will never accept the violation of the Indian Constitution by the Governor and the Speaker. NPF will always be there to protect the rights of the Naga people, he added.
Tohanba also pointed out that in NPF constitution there is no Interim President post and only one president is mentioned which is occupied by Dr. Shürhozelie.
The NPF working President, Huskha Yethomi in his speech urged upon the Centre that if the Indian Government wants the Naga people to live under its Constitution, Acharya should be called back. The Naga people is not against a person in the stature of Governor but it will go against any Governor who do not uphold the Constitution and protect the people with the law, Huskha said adding that if there is no law in the state, the Naga people can enter inside the Raj Bhavan and remove Acharya from the office. He also warned that before the whole Naga people run out of patience, the Governor should either dismiss the unconstitutional Zeliang’s Government or retreat himself from the Raj Bhavan.
It may be mentioned that the sit-in-dharna will end on 14 August.
Media & Press Bureau,
Naga People’s Front, Central Headquarters