Dimapur, October 15: The Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) has accused the BJP Nagaland and its leaders of “just parroting the words of their high command” when it comes to bluffing the Nagas.
Reacting to a State BJP statement, the NPCC also asked the BJP to stop indulging in “unhealthy use of words bereft of decency” and distortion of history.
In a rejoinder, the NPCC stated that the state of Nagaland was gifted by the then Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru who went out of the way to pass the Nagaland Statehood Bill despite opposition and dissenting voices in Parliament. “We owe all what we have today to the Congress party and its leaders that gave us the benefit of Statehood and Article 371A where our religion, culture, social practices, land and its resources are protected. Therefore, Congress alone has the moral right to speak about the history of Nagaland state,” it claimed.
The NPCC stated that the current peace process is a culmination of Congress commitment to the people of Nagaland when former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi announced in Dimapur election rally in May 1991, two days before his tragic death in Sriperumbudur, offering talks with Naga political groups without any pre conditions.
This commitment, the NPCC said, was fulfilled by the then Prime Minister Narashima Rao who sent out various political emissaries in contacting leaders of Naga political groups that finally resulted in ceasefire being signed in July 1997 and beginning of peace talks that is continuing till today.
Claiming that the BJP’s role in Naga political peace process is only limited to words and assurances, the Congress said during 2014 Lok Sabha elections, BJP and its PM candidate Narendra Modi assured Naga political solution within 18 months of coming to power. “The much acclaimed Naga Accord/Naga Framework Agreement signed on Aug 3, 2015 which Prime Minister Modi claimed to have solved the decades old Naga Problem forever and that too on foreign soil (Dubai), is yet to see the light of the day. In Mar 2018, the Governor of Nagaland proudly promised Naga political solution within 6 months, but it has stretched into 8 months without any signs of conclusion,” it said.
The NPCC said when BJP Nagaland questions Congress contribution to the State and in the Naga political peace process, it only exposes their (BJP) hollowness and bankruptcy of ideas to address issues faced by the State. “The only achievement of BJP is to keep bluffing people and the nation. This was candidly admitted by their senior leader and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari that BJP indulged in making tall promises to win elections and when people reminds them of promises, they just laugh and move on.”
Stating that today all the regional parties in Nagaland have become the B-team of BJP and have lost track of governance issues other than fool the people with assurances of development and peace that is never forthcoming, the NPCC reminded the BJP Nagaland that ‘words and assurances’ are not achievements as they mistakenly believe.
“Congress will not be deterred in voicing out issues of public importance while exposing BJP’s hollowness and cheap rhetoric’s manufactured to fool the people of Nagaland,” it added.
(Page News Service)