LS bye-poll result is beginning of PDA’s downfall: NPF

LS bye-poll result is beginning  of PDA’s downfall: NPF
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Demands revocation of Mayang’s appointment as Vigilance Commissioner

Kohima, June 2: The only opposition in Nagaland, Naga People’s Front (NPF) while gracefully accepting the defeat in the just conclude bye-election to the sole Lok Sabha seat in the State, however said the result predicts the down fall of the People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) government.
Addressing media persons at NPF central office here tonight, NPF spokesperson Achumbemo Kikon recalled that in the February State Assembly election, NPF polled 3,89,912 but in this just concluded Lok Sabha bye-poll election NPF got 4,20,459 votes, an increase of 30,547 votes.
He therefore claimed that the statistics proved that Naga people love NPF.
Kikon acknowledged the electorates of the state for the support extended during the just concluded Lok Sabha bye-poll in the State. “We lost the bye-election and we gracefully accept our defeat,” he said, while also conveying gratitude to the non-NDPP supporters, political parties, organizations and individuals for supporting NPF candidate C Apok Jamir.
“We are down but not out yet and we are not going to give up,” he said, adding that NPF supported by the people did put a strong.
He said that the recent past history of the Lok Sabha polls in Nagaland shows the winning margin to be over 4 lakh but NPF has created history by bringing down the margin to just one lakh.
As opposition this is a moral booster for the NPF party, he said however the result is not a good sign for the PDA government.
“People have not abandoned us and are dreaming of NPF taking over the reign of the State… this anxiety of the Naga people will be realized very shortly,” he said.
The NPF spokesperson cast aspersion on the reported huge turn out during the bye-election saying the State Assembly election witnessed a turnout of 84.27% despite the long queues in the polling stations but the dismal turn out also witnessed higher voting percentage at 86.73 in the LS bye-poll.
“If not for proxy voting exercised by the supporters of NDPP candidate how could such an increase happen,” he said while declaring that NPF has evidences of supporters of PDA candidate capturing booths.
While reiterating that NPF was established with the prime objective of protecting the rights of Naga people, Kikon said, “Even as opposition we will continue to fight for the rights due for Nagas and also take early resolution of the vexed Naga political issue both inside and outside the house as our top most priority.”
NPF rejects Mayanglima’s appointment as SVC
Meanwhile, the NPF Spokesperson outrightly rejected the appointment of retired principal district and session judge and ex-candidate of NDPP Mayang Lima as the state Vigilance Commissioner.
He reminded the PDA government that Vigilance Commissioner is not a political post but a statutory post, which needs consultation from the Opposition Leader for appointment.
“It is very unbecoming of the PDA government to appoint a candidate who lost the just concluded state general election,” he said, while demanding revocation of the appointment immediately.
He also cited that as per the laid down norms of the central government, leader of the Opposition should be consulted for the appointment of Vigilance Commissioner and regretted that the Opposition leader was never consulted for the same.
Kikon said government should show some respect to the opposition leaders who has 25 elected members, excluding himself, and the party as well.
Expressing that the High Court has ordered CBI enquiry into the construction of new High Court building in Meriema, he said Mayang had been a registrar of HC and his involvement in the alleged scam should be studied before making the appointment.
He also questioned the wisdom of Governor for clearing the file and said Lima’s appointment is an insult to Naga intellectuals.
Further, Kikon while expressing that NPF was formed to protect the identity and rights of the Naga people strongly opposed the Citizenship Amendment Bill proposed by the Centre.
He said that once the bill is passed, central government will not hesitate to push the immigrants to North East and Nagaland being a vulnerable State, the party cannot accept the bill.
Kikon also questioned the silence of the Governor and Chief Minister of the State stating that NSF protested against the bill but the Governor and Chief Minister did not react. (Page News Service)