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DGP’s service extension a move by State NDPP-BJP coalition to subvert free and fair election: RPP

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DIMAPUR, SEPTEMBER 15: The Rising People’s Party (RPP) today alleged that the 6-months service extension of DGP Nagaland, T John Longkumer, who had retired on August 31, 2022, is a move by the NDPP-BJP coalition in Nagaland to subvert free and fair State general elections scheduled next year.
The RPP allegation is based on the letter written by the Chief Minister of Nagaland to Union Home Minister Amit Shah seeking extension of service of T John Longkumer, IPS beyond superannuation for a period of one year “in the interest of the State”.
In the letter (a copy of which is with Nagaland Page), the Chief Minister had mentioned that “It is also worth mentioning that that the State is facing Assembly elections in a few months’ time and it is essential to have continuity at the top leadership of the police force to deal with any law and order problems that may arise during elections”. This is what appears to have raised the RPP’s suspicion.
“The underlying meaning of the Chief Minister’s letter is very clear that he intends to manipulate the police force and the administrative machinery to undermine, coerce and threaten his political opponents in the next general election – and win by hook or by crook by subverting free and fair elections”, the party alleged, adding it cannot allow the
State to “manipulate public office for personal ambitions and devious political agenda”.
“The letter written by the Chief Minister Rio to the Home Minister of India Amit Shah is crystal clear indication that the NDPP-BJP Coalition is retaining the services of the present DGP for political reasons”, RPP further alleged.
The RPP also highlighted the letter of UPSC (a copy of which is also with Nagaland Page) to Nagaland Chief Secretary dated April 1, 2022 refusing to entertain T John Longkumer. “It is understood that the vacancy is arising due to the superannuation of the present incumbent Shri T.J. Longkumer whose DOB is 01.09.1962. As the vacancy is arising due to the superannuation of the present incumbent Shri T.J. Longkumer therefore his name is required to be deleted from the eligibility list. Further, only officers of Nagaland Cadre are required to be included in the eligibility list and Shri T.J. Longkumer belongs to Chhattisgarh Cadre”, said the letter from Sandeep Kumar, Under Secretary (AIS), UPSC, to Nagaland Chief Secretary.
As per the letter, the State had also included Renchamo P Kikon (DOB: 08.01.1971: IPS; Allotment Year: 1998) in the eligibility list. But UPSC said he cannot be included in the list as he has not completed 30 years of service.
Another deficiencies observed by the UPSC in the State Government’s proposal for convening of Empanelment Committee Meeting (ECM) for preparation of a panel of officers for appointment to the post of DGP (HoPF) Nagaland was the non-inclusion of A Sunil Achaya. The UPSC letter said, “It is also observed from the list of eligible officers furnished by the State Govt. that the name of Shri A Sunil Achaya (Date of birth: 10.07.1967) who is at Sl. No.1 in the seniority list (MHA Civil List as on 01.01.2021) of IPS officers of Nagaland Cadre has been excluded. His name is also required to be included in the eligibility list.”
Citing the UPSC letter, the RPP claimed that the rule of law has been blatantly disregarded and the State Government led by the Chief Minster has not heeded the directions/ruling of the Supreme Court.
“Therefore let it be made clear to all the Naga people that the sole motive for the Chief Minister retaining John Longkumer is to win the coming election for the NDPP-BJP Coalition at any cost”, it alleged, while declaring that the RPP will take up the issue with the Election Commission of India shortly.
RPP also claimed that the 6 months’ service extension of the DGP is nothing but blatant abuse of State power, which is liable to attract court proceedings against the political leadership. It informed that the party is one of the petitioners along with few publicly spirited lawyers and individuals filing an appropriate petition before the Supreme Court of India with regard to violation of laid down guidelines on the appointment of DGPs in the State.
(Page News Service)