NDPP getting bullied by BJP
Kohima, March 11: Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio may not like to chant “Jai Mata ki jai” but will have to one fine day if he wants to continue the political honeymoon with the BJP. In short Rio is at the mercy of the BJP again.
From day one the Hindu nationalist party has gone all out to remote control the NDPP led People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA), resulting in delay of allocation of portfolios to the newly appointed Cabinet Ministers. Reportedly Rio is unwilling to concede to the saffron’s demand of all important departments.
On March 8 last, Rio had told the mammoth gathering at the public ground in downtown Kohima that people will be their “high command” but it appears that BJP is going to be his high command.
The saffron party knows Rio is at their mercy for the second time; the first was in 2003 when BJP got 7 seats and supported the NPF to form the Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) Government.
The new Chief Minister and his alliance had given the lion’s share of Cabinet berth to the Lotus party, which got 6 Cabinet Ministers, but not satisfied they are now asking for all important big departments, except the Finance Department.
A source said BJP had also asked for the post of Speaker. Sources said BJP had even demanded for the Lok Sabha seat.
This is a clear case of trying to hijack the PDA government, sources said.
But BJP knows that they are the kingmakers and that Rio is just a puppet in their hands so far.
With the latest development in the PDA camp, all is not well in the alliance and anything can happen, as the new incumbent will like to have an alliance in which he will be comfortable in.
The NPF is closely watching the drama and has still not lost hope of forming the Government with likeminded parties.
Chief Minister, Rio also cannot afford displease his MLAs at the cost of BJP which can shift its allegiance anytime. The Cock party has not closed its door to the BJP.
NDPP source said BJP is demanding all the important departments, except the Finance, which Rio is not ready. Hectic consultations are going on to arrive at a meeting point but NDPP insider said the Chief Minister was unlikely to concede to the demands of the Hindu party.
Sources said BJP is demanding for 10 top departments, adding this Government may not last long.
BJP insider also admitted that the demand of their party has “crossed the limit out of greediness.”
“We will get what is our share,” another senior BJP leader said.
A NDPP insider was pessimistic about the PDA Government as BJP seems to be in a mode to drive the Government and Rio could become weary of such attitude. Very soon the NDPP is likely to get tired of the big brother role and the bullying tactics of the saffron party.
In politics anything can happen and it will not be a bolt from the blue if the NPF and NDPP come together again, in which case the BJP will have to pack its bag and leave. (Page News Service)