DGP issue: BJP flays NPF attack on Patton

DGP issue: BJP flays NPF attack on Patton
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Dimapur, April 11: The BJP Nagaland has hit out at the NPF over its allegation against Deputy Chief Minister and Home Department in-charge, Y Patton on the State DGP issue, terming the NPF allegation against the BJP leader as “unwarranted and personal in nature.”
In a rejoinder to the NPF statement, the State BJP reminded that during Dr Shurhozelie’s short tenure as chief minister, he had written a letter to the Prime Minister (dated 1st April 2017) supporting the 7th May 2016 letter written by his predecessor TR Zeliang favouring the deputation of Lungriading Zeliang for the post of DGP Nagaland.
Again on 31st October 2017 , the then Chief Minister TR Zeliang wrote to the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh requesting the central Government for deputation of officers from other cadres to be the DGP, citing shortage of IPS officers of Nagaland cadre. “And the interesting part is that at that point of time Shri Y.Patton was also the then Home Minister from NPF party,” the BJP said.
The rejoinder said after the formation of the PDA Government, on March 24 Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio had written a letter to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh also requesting for an officer of sufficient seniority and recommended Lungriading Zeliang for deputation to Nagaland for the post of DGP, while on March 27, Chief Secretary Temjen Toy also wrote to the Union Home Secretary on the same lines. “After which on 28th March 2018 Shri Y.Patton, executing his responsibilities on behalf of the State Government, wrote a letter to the Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh in the capacity of Home Department in-charge,” it said.
Clarifying that the BJP is not against or in favour of any individual/ bureaucrat, the rejoinder observed that the manner in which the BJP leader was singled out just to tarnish his good image is a matter of serious concern. “From the above mentioned observations and evidences available, one can understand that this subject matter was not a recent issue. So, to entirely blame one individual is totally biased,” it stated.
“The desperate attempt by NPF to politicize this issue by putting the entire blame on the individual BJP leader shows the frustrating withdrawal symptoms of being out of power,” added the BJP rejoinder. (Page News Service)