The NDPP is issuing this press release to set the record straight with the recent statements of the Congress and the NPF President. The State Government has issued a comprehensive statement on the overall law and order situation in the state and despite the rhetoric being created by the opposition parties the NDPP stands by the government’s statement on all related issues. The NDPP also reiterates the resolutions adopted by the PDA on 10th July, 2020, wherein it is clearly stated that the PDA categorically rejects the rhetoric of the opposition parties demanding the stepping down of the PDA Government. The PDA is a democratically elected government that enjoys the mandate of the people which has been reinforced in successive Lok Sabha and assembly bye elections and the PDA will continue to carry out its constitutional duties with utmost comment and dedication in the greater interest of the people.
It is indeed ironical to observe the issue of “moral grounds” being raised by the NPF president as he should be the last person to be speaking about political morality. The public have not forgotten the last NPF government when internal backstabbing and groupism within the NPF resulted in the honourable governor directing the NPF President who was occupying the chair of chief minister to prove his majority in the floor of the Nagaland Assembly in a floor test. The Chief Minister not only failed to prove his majority but also failed to turn up in the Assembly floor to face the floor test. This resulted in a first of its kind when the governor was forced to remove a sitting Chief Minister. This was then followed by the NPF staging a “beef party” where the honourable governor was also invited! These sequence of incidents, deeply touched upon religious and social sentiments setting precedents that had never been done in Nagaland.
As far as the Congress is concerned, its president, a former expelled congressman himself, seems to be barking up the wrong tree without fully understanding the facts. Likewise the former chief minister Dr. S. C. Jamir, is also apparently unaware of the present realities. In so far as responsibilities regarding transfer and postings of officers are concerned, this decision was based in a resolution adopted by the Nagaland Legislative Assembly during the 12th House of the NLA. The resolution was based on legal opinion submitted by legal luminaries and constitutional experts. The assembly proceedings and legal submissions are an open book. Moreover, as seasoned politicians, these leaders should understand the fact that Nagaland cannot be unequal to any other State of the country. Rather Nagaland, as the 16th state of the Indian union, is a special political state and is amongst the senior members of the world’s largest democracies. These leaders should understand the redundancy of the outdated rules and stand up for the principles of democracy instead of trying to take the state back to the 1950s and 1960s.
Issued by NDPP, Media & Communications Committee
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