Beef festival in Nagaland by NPF against 'political coup' by BJP
Kohima, July 22: The entire Northeast region is beefing loudly about the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over its attempt to ban beef across the country.
The alleged backdoor attempt by the BJP to ban beef has received strongest opposition from the region and the southern state of Kerala, as in these places a majority of the people have been eating beef for a long time.
The word "beef" has become symbolic to any protest the Northeast region hosts against the Centre or the BJP, these days.
On Friday, when Nagaland got a new chief minister, TR Zeliang, after ousting his former party colleague, Shurozelie Liezietsu, the ruling Naga People's Front (NPF) was split into two groups.
The supporters of Liezietsu, who had earlier come together to remove Zeliang from the CM post in February, alleged that the latest change of guard in the state is the result of a "political coup" engineered by the BJP in collusion with Governor PB Acharya.
The BJP was a partner of the NPF in Nagaland and together with other parties they were running the NPF-led Democratic Alliance of Nagaland government.
However, after Zeliang contested Liezietsu's majority in the state assembly, the NPF removed him from the party. Nonetheless, Zeliang won the floor test with 47 of 59 MLAs voting in his favour.
Thus, currently, the present CM of the Nagaland is a party-less man. Amid all these political tension and confusion in the northeastern state, the NPF Youth Wing to express its resentment over the alleged "political coup" orchestrated by the Acharya and the BJP organised a beef feast at the NPF Central office in Kohima, the capital city of Nagaland, on Friday.
Hundreds of party men and women joined the feast, where the NPF Youth Wing had prepared different beef delicacies.
In a letter addressed to the Governor, NPF Youth Wing president Vihoshe N Swu and working president Bendang Longkumer said, "Your Excellency has been terribly busy in the last few days breaking all democratic norms playing politics and installing your party BJP-friendly government in the state."
They accused that Acharya has forgotten that the office of the Governor should be apolitical and stay away from politics, and have been acting as the leader of the dissident NPF group.
"Your attempts to cloak your political decisions with some semblance of legality are transparent and the nakedness of it all is most repulsive and loathsome," they said.
Expressing that Nagas are patient people, but there is a limit to their patience, the NPF Youth Wing said, "We are now in a jubilant mood because not only has the NPF severed ties with the BJP for good, you yourself have shown how low you can stoop to achieve your political and religious agenda in the last few days."
They said, in order to celebrate Acharya's latest political coup and to mark the severance of ties with his political party-the BJP, the NPF Youth Wing organised a beef feast.