Kohima, Jan. 12: Nagaland’s minister for urban development and higher education and president of the ruling Naga People’s Front (NPF), Shurhozelie Liezietsu, will not join the poll fray this time. He has, instead, decided to vacate his seat for son Khriehu, a deputy chairperson of Kohima Municipal Council.
Khriehu said he would announce his candidature by next week. The NPF president said he would take a decision soon.
Shurhozelie is from Northern Angami-I Assembly constituency. He has been considered a strong regionalist who has never joined any other political party throughout his long career in politics.
Another strong regional party loyalist and former home minister, Thenucho, has resigned from the NPF and re-launched the almost defunct United Naga Democratic Party (UNDP) here today.
He has also tendered his resignation to Shurhozelie today citing differences of opinion and questioning the manner and style of functioning of the NPF government by Neiphiu Rio.
“I have decided to part ways with the NPF,” the former home minister said. He criticised the NPF government for providing only lip service to the people. Thenucho, however, said he would always uphold regional ideologies.