We, the undersigned, are compelled to clarify the truth of the matter which transpired on 13th December, 2017 at Hotel de Oriental Grand, Kohima which a section of the local media has dubbed as an attempted coup. To set the record straight, we would like to elucidate the following points.
On the fateful day, we were informed that a meeting had been convened at Hotel de Oriental Grand by NPF Party President Dr. Shurhozelie Liezietsu and that we were all supposed to attend the same, without fail. In good faith, we turned up for the Meeting but to our surprise the Gate was locked behind us once we had assembled inside the Hotel and our car keys were seized leaving us without any means to communicate with other people outside the Hotel premises.
After several hours we realised that the NPF President, Dr. Shurhozelie Liezietsu was not going to show up and that the whole tamasha was cooked up and orchestrated by MP Rajya Sabha, KG Kenye and some few senior members.
Later, MP Rajya Sabha, KG Kenye arrived followed by former Chief Minister and MP Lok Sabha, Neiphiu Rio who addressed the gathering numbering around 16. KG Kenye had the temerity to inform us that both the MPs had a Meeting with the NPF President, Dr. Shurhozelie Liezietsu the previous night for change of guard. However, we learnt to our dismay that this was a total lie meant to sour the relations between Chief Minister, TR Zeliang and Dr. Shurhozelie Liezietsu.
Whatever decision that the Chief Minister had taken was the right action at the right time and we continue to stand firmly behind his dynamic leadership. We appeal to all the members not to create such propaganda in the future.
1. Sd /- (Pukhayi Sumi, MLA)
2. Sd/- (Deo Nukhu, MLA)
3. Sd/- (Eshak Hessum, MLA)
4. Sd/- (Pohwang Konyak, MLA)
5. Sd/- (Namri Nchang, MLA)
6. Sd/- (Dr. Benjongliba Aier, MLA)
7. Sd/- (Dr. Longriniken, MLA)
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