NTIMES 13Dec: Involvement of Church in politics wrong: Shürhozelie
Naga People’s Front (NPF) president Dr. Shürhozelie Liezietsu Wednesday opined that the idea of dragging the Church in the proposed Joint Legislators Forum (JLF) consultative meeting, which was to be held at the official residence of the state Assembly speaker Thursday was wrong.
It may be mentioned that in the last JLF meeting Monday last at Chumumedima police complex, JLF had decided to consult all political parties, civil societies and Church organizations to resolve the Naga political issue. Dr. Shürhozelie could not attend the meeting.
Talking to NEPS in Kohima, the NPF president said: “The Church workers are supposed to work in spiritual lines, whereas we are dealing hard politics. In my opinion, the Church should never be involved in such meet. He explained that “if we don’t differentiate and observe this, we are going wrong.”
Dr. Shürhozelie however said the legislators needed the goodwill and services of the Church organizations. He however said that Church should not be dragged into a position where “hard politics” was to be deliberated.
On Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR), the NPF president said the FNR’s services were not under the banner of the Church and added that it has been using a “different nomenclature” though they were members of the Church.
The NPF president also lauded Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh for his sincerity towards finding solution to the Naga political issue. “I met him (Prime Minister) for two times with JLF members and listened to him…in my own judgment, he (Prime Minister) is sincere towards finding solution to the Naga political issue,” said Dr. Shürhozelie.