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Nagaland: Son Khriehu ‘sacrifices’ post to save CM father Shurhozelie’s chair

india Updated: Jul 10, 2017 19:05 IST
Rahul Karmakar
Rahul Karmakar
Hindustan Times, Guwahati

On Monday, two days after a majority of the ruling Naga People’s Front (NPF) legislators revolted against “undemocratic” Shurhozelie, Khriehu let his father know he was not interested in the job.(PTI FILE PHOTO)

Former Nagaland MLA Khriehu Leizietsu has refused to become the CM’s advisor, an appointment made by his chief minister-father Shurhozelie, in a bid to douse the rising dissidence in the ruling NPF party.

On Monday, two days after a majority of the ruling Naga People’s Front (NPF) legislators revolted against his “undemocratic” father, Khriehu let the chief minister know he was not interested in the job.

“I am writing this letter with reference to the government notification dated June 27, 2017, appointing me as advisor to the chief minister. While appreciating you for appointing me as advisor, I convey my regret that I will not be able to accept the assignment given to me due to my other pressing public engagements,” Khriehu said in a note to his father.

NPF legislators in the anti-Shurhozelie camp headed by former chief minister TR Zeliang questioned Khriehu’s “refusal” 13 days after his appointment, triggering a fresh round of dissidence in Nagaland.

But the Shurhozelie camp termed Khriehu’s decision as a “sacrifice”, his second in less than 30 days.

Last month, Khriehu resigned as MLA from Northern Angami-I assembly seat to enable his father to contest. Shurhozelie is not an elected member of the 60-seat Nagaland assembly and needs to win the bypoll on July 29 to continue as the chief minister.

Khriehu’s decision to decline the post of the CM’s advisor is seen as a move to douse the fire of dissidence within NPF. But the Zeliang camp has not shown any signs of coming to a compromise.

“The MLAs do not feel secure under the present chief minister ahead of the state assembly elections next year,” Zeliang said, before leaving for Delhi on Sunday to meet Prime Minster Narendra Modi and Union home minister Rajnath Singh.

The NPF is an ally of BJP in the state.

Zeliang and more than 30 NPF legislators had checked into a resort in Assam’s Kaziranga early Saturday morning in a bid to topple Shurhozelie.

The opposition Congress too has been cross with Shurhozelie’s “filial affection”.

State Congress chief K Therie said: “Khriehu had in June resigned as MLA on health grounds. So was he fit enough to be made an advisor a few days later? His appointment was a shameless act of nepotism.”

First Published: Jul 10, 2017 19:05 IST