DIMAPUR, JULY 21: The latest episode of love-hate relationship among NDPP, NPF and BJP, played out in public domain, failed to find an ending on Wednesday and the political tamasha was extended for one more day, at least.
Batting of the eyelids came from the 25-MLA strong NPF party on July 19, when it decided to join the ruling People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) Government, and render Nagaland Legislative Assembly ‘Opposition-less’.
PDA member NDDP, led by Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, on July 20 officially welcomed the NPF’s overtures but stopped short of sealing the deal with a kiss.
Under the current PDA (not Public Display of Affection, mind you) arrangement, the NDPP can hardly open its arms to anybody without the BJP’s say so.
Thus, the NDPP took another official decision to consult coalition partner BJP “before taking the matter forward”.
Nagaland BJP also went into an emergency huddle on July 20 to take stock of its ally’s extra-curricular adventure with NPF.
Finally, it emerged that the party could give the final call only after a meeting with its National General Secretary in-charge of Nagaland, Nalin Kohli who arrived at Dimapur on a Wednesday afternoon flight.
But the BJP is in no rush. On Wednesday, Kohli had a meeting with Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio at Dimapur.
While BJP sources were tight-lipped about the outcome of Rio-Kohli meeting, the Chief Minister tweeted that they “had a positive meeting and discussed matters related to strengthening the PDA Government”.
Later in the evening, Kohli also conducted a closed-door-meeting at the residence of BJYM President Benjamin Yepthomi. However, BJP sources said that Kohli did not discuss about the latest political development in Nagaland during the meeting.
“We discussed about how to strengthen the Party in the State”, said the source.
It was informed that Kohli will meet with the State BJP leaders, including the Party Legislators, on Thursday.
On Wednesday, while talking to Reporters at Chumukedima, “Leader of Opposition” TR Zeliang said that the NPF’s decision to join PDA was persuaded by the desire to seek a solution to the Naga political issue.
“We have Opposition and Ruling parties, we come together in the Assembly but we have differences outside the House. So if we are together in the Government, we are not for any kind of post. But if we are together, like Framework Agreement was signed, that time also we have an ‘Opposition-less Government’ under my leadership. So it is possible when we are together. And there is a way Government of India will listen when we are together. With that perception, we have decided to agree to this concept of ‘Opposition-less Government'”, he said.
Zeliang also said that his Party did not consult BJP prior to deciding to join PDA. According to him, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio will talk to BJP. “The ball is their court”, he said.
Whatever the outcome of this episode, the suspicion is that the drama has only begun.
(Page News Service)