The twelve members of the Naga People's Front (NPF), who recently resigned from the party to join the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP), made it clear that their decision to resign was "purely taken" on their own will after losing their trust in the party's collective leadership.
The NPF suffered a major setback on November 19 in Nagaland after 12 of its leaders decided to resign from the party and extended their support to Neiphiu Rio, chief minister and leader of the NDPP.
“Our merger with the NDPP party should not be misconstrued as political adventurism nor in pursuance of our personal interest or ambitions,” said one of the former NPF members, Mhao Yanthan.
Stating that their loyalty for the party was broken after constantly being “ignored by the party’s higher hierarchy”, Yanthan said, “Time and again, we the youth wing, as the soldier of the party had made so many suggestions to revamp and re-strengthened the party, so that the broken home of the NPF Party can be rebuilt and stand firm and tall. However, all these well meaning suggestions were ignored in total contrast to our good intention, and we were branded as anti-Party activist by the party higher ups.”
Furthermore, the former members alleged that at present, the NPF partymen and women have become like “sheep without Shepherd” because of the differences and heavy politicking within the NPF family.
Considering themselves fortunate for having left a sinking ship on time, Yanthan said, “Our resigning from the NPF party is neither political advertism nor to pursue our own interest, but to save ourselves from being drown.”
Praising CM Neiphiu Rio, the members said, “The NPF party under the leadership of Niephiu Rio had been strong and stable at one point of time, which had been tasted by all the partymen and women. As such, with the belief that we would once again enjoyed the fruit of his able leadership and allow us to complete our political voyage smoothly, wedecided to join the NDPP led by dynamic leader Niephiu Rio and it’s President Mr. Chingwang Konyak.”
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