Nagaland assembly elections 2018: In a major development just days ahead of the Nagaland assembly elections 2018 scheduled for February 27, Officer on Special Duty to Nagaland Chief Minister T R Zeliang and two of his office staff members have been summoned for questioning in connection with terror funding by the national Investigation Agency. OSD to CM Zeliang, Ruokuovizo Chupno and two public relations officers in his office were summoned in the case which pertains to alleged extortion by groups such as NSCN (K), NSCN (IM) and Naga National Council from at least 14 government departments. Alleging foul play, the NPF alleged foul play and accused BJP candidates of withdrawing “large money” ahead of the assembly polls.
Press secretary of the NPF Sebastian Zumvu said that the NIA action isn’t surprising. He alleged that the BJP was doing this since it is no longer in coalition with NPF for the upcoming assembly elections. Zumvu also said that the NIA is a central agency and it must look into the large money withdrawals by BJP candidates and their families from banks ahead of the elections.
Notably, BJP and the NPF formed the ruling coalition in the state and two BJP ministers are still part of the Cabinet. Earlier, Zeliang took over as CM from Neiphiu Rio when both were in the Nagaland People’s Front (NPF), after the latter went to the Lok Sabha as an MP from Nagaland in 2014. Later, Rio broke away and formed the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP). Last week, BJP ended its 15-year alliance with NPF.
According to reports, BJP is contesting 20 seats, the NDPP is contesting the other 40 assembly constituency. Rio was elected unopposed on Monday after his one and only opponent NPF’s Chupfuo Angami withdrew his nomination.