The Central Youth Wing of ruling Naga People's Front's Liezietsu faction today said it is suspending its over two-week long sit-in-protest in view of the coming general convention of the party scheduled on November 22. The youth wing started its indefinite sit-in-protest outside State Civil Secretariat from October 23 demanding, among others, that the Assembly speaker disqualify 36 NPF MLAs led by Chief Minister T R Zeliang. "The NPF Central office requested us to suspend the agitation in view of the forthcoming general convention of the party scheduled for November 22," Central Youth Wing vice- president Achamo Kikon said. The Election Commission on October 17 directed the two NPF factions, led by Lok Sabha MP Neipheu Rio and former Chief Minister Dr Shurhozelie Liezietsu, to settle their dispute over the party's election symbol 'cock' through a general convention within two months. "We are not calling off the agitation.
We will resume it anytime after the convention if justice is not delivered on our demands by the Assembly Speaker Imtiwapang Aier," Kikon said. Besides the demand for disqualification of MLAs of the Rio camp including the chief minister, the two other demands of the youth wing are appointment of NPF chief whip and recognition of NPF Legislature Party Leader. NPF Working President Apong Pongener said the general convention is very important as it would prove the actual owners of the party.
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