Kohima: President of the Naga People’s front (NPF) party, Dr Shürhozelie Liezietsu, on Monday apologised to the people of Nagaland as the party failed to nominate a candidate to the Rajya Sabha election scheduled for March 31. 

Clarifying on the NPF’s candidate proposal made for the biennial election to the Council of States, Liezietsu said that the party had invited application for candidature to the election as Nagaland is need of leaders who are well conversant with the political history of Nagaland and who convey the true picture of Nagaland to the national leaders in the Parliament. 

“As an old regional party, it is our bounden duty to take a stand to represent the voice of the people, to preserve the cultural heritage of the land, to defend the faith of the people and to voice the urgent need for an early solution to the Indo-Naga political problem,” Liezietsu said.

After the invite was sent, he said that Thenucho Tunyi, the Working President of NPF came forward to stand as NPF candidate and the application was accepted as the party considered him to be the right candidate to fill the lone seat to represent Nagaland in Rajya Sabha.  

“I highly appreciate his determination. To file the nomination of a candidate it is necessary for 10 MLAs to nominate him  as per Part X, Misc. Sec. 152 of the Representation of the People’s Act. 1951. But till the last moment, we failed to fulfil this required criteria  and in this way, the last hour was over. Even as President, I am not in a position to speak for others how and why this could not be fulfilled,” Liezietsu said.

The senior politician said that he is constrained to say ‘sorry’ to the  people of Nagaland for no fault of his as the party failed to nominate a candidate.

“In spite of all these setbacks, I must express my thanks to the Legal Cell and COB officers of the party who took trouble and  arranged everything in order in time even to the extent of signing the Party Ticket,” he added.

Earlier, Liezietsu had directed the NPF Legislature Party (NPFLP) to file nomination for Tunyi. However, following an emergency meeting of the NPFLP members at the Assembly complex on Monday, the legislators refused to file a nomination from the party to further maintain its alliance with chief minister Neiphiu Rio led Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

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