Kohima | September 23
Addressing a press conference here after an emergency close-door meeting of DAN legislators and partners at the Naga People’s Front Central Office, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs and Roads & Bridges Kuzholuzo (Azo) Nienu told media persons that there have been rumors of Rio going to Delhi, to represent as Member of Parliament. However he stated that DAN has taken a consensus decision not to send him to the Lok Sabha.
“We cannot allow him, we cannot spare him, because we feel that the state is more important than the Centre right at this moment and the home affairs of the state is much more important, so today collectively DAN alliance have decided that we will not send him to Delhi, but he will continue as the Chief Minister of Nagaland”, Azo said.
Azo added that it was a unanimous decision of DAN not to send him for Lok Sabha polls and that it wanted to make this clear to the people. “We wanted to finish this issue once and for all,” Azo said. He added that a meeting will be held with the Chief Minister when he returns from tour and that the decision of the legislators as well as the DAN partners would be put up.
NPF president Dr. Shurhozelie Liezietsu said that the party attended today’s meeting on invitation and expressed that the DAN have taken a consensus decision to not to allow Rio to go for MP. BJP Nagaland unit president Dr. N.Chuba and JD (U) Nagaland president Mhonjan Lotha also endorsed the decision.
Minister for health & family welfare Imkong L Imchen also said that it was a consensus decision that DAN will not send Rio to Delhi. ‘The legislature of the DAN is not willing to spare his services in Delhi, but to continue here as the Chief Minister of the state,” Imchen said adding that Rio should not leave a big responsibility at home and move to Delhi as Nagaland requires overall development.
It may be recalled that The Telegraph had recently reported that Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio had expressed willingness to contest the 2014 general elections.