No question of joining BJP: Zeliang

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Dimapur, Aug 23: Nagaland chief minister TR Zeliang termed rumours that he and Lok Sabha MP Neiphiu Rio are planning to merge with the BJP as propaganda created by the adversary to confuse the people. He made the clarification while speaking at the NPF CEC meeting on Tuesday.

“If they were to merge with other party they have enough number of legislators, but they never had the intention to leave the NPF party,” a CMO release quoting the CM said.

“We have decided to fight for cock symbol since inception. We will uphold the NPF party constitution, flag and its symbol and face the next election,” Zeliang said.

The chief minister further termed Dr Shurhozielie’s NPF group’s effort to retain the party symbol “through threat and intimidation” as not acceptable. “Now the ball is in the court of Election Commission of India as to who should be allotted the cock symbol, no other court can decide,” he added.

“Those who walk with truth will reach their destinations,” he stated while urging the party men to remain truthful. The chief minister had earlier recounted the series of events that led to the dismissal of Dr Shurhozielie Liezietsu’s government, and concluded that the governor had not acted in contravention to the Constitution.

He further accused Dr Shurhozielie of trying to remain in the chair by adopting “illegal means.” The differences within the party, he revealed, arose out of the former CM’s “wilful style of functioning as a party president in total violation of the NPF party constitution.”

“The expulsion and suspension of the members in a dictatorial manner, wilful amendment of party constitution to suit his action, random appointment of office bearers without any consultation, dissolution of party divisions and assembly constituency level units etc in an autocratic style were all in violation of the party constitution,” he stated.

Further stating that the party president has no authority to appoint whip on his own, Zeliang said the whip was never discussed in the CEC or in the working committee meeting. “Moreover, nowhere in the NPF constitution makes a mention of the Whip, therefore, the issue of Whip as claimed by Dr Shurhozielie’s group doesn’t make any sense,” he claimed.

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