Dimapur, October 12: The Naga People’s Front (NPF) has accused the NDPP of shifting blames on to others, stating diverting issues and shifting blames on to others have become the professional trademark of NDPP.
The NPF said instead of accepting its shortcoming on the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), the NDPP has questioned what the then Chief Minister, T R Zeliang was doing in 2016 when the state was under his guard.
“To set the record straight, NDPP Party must understand that the said Bill was proposed in the Lok Sabha on July 15, 2016 and referred to a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) on August 12, 2016 when the present Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio was the Lok Sabha MP representing NPF Party from May 2014 to February 2018. This fact cannot be denied by anyone,” the NPF stated in a press release.
It asked when Neiphiu Rio himself was the lone Lok Sabha MP representing the NPF Party at that point of time, how can the blame be shifted to the NPF party today.
As the MP from the NPF Party representing Nagaland, it was his bounden duty to have consulted the State Government back home while taking into confidence the voice of the Naga people since the said Bill was referred to the JPC which took over a year, the NPF said and alleged that Neiphiu Rio failed to do this because he was ignorant of what was going on in the Parliament during his tenure.
Citing Mizo Accord, the NPF said it was followed by special provision of Article 371 (G) and Assam Accord, which gave birth to NRC safeguard the interest of the indigenous people of Mizoram and Assam
Likewise, the 16-point agreement leading to the birth of Article 371-A is intended to safeguard the interest of the indigenous people of Nagaland, it added.
It further said Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and Nagaland have Inner Line Permit (ILP) while Meghalaya has Entry and Exit Points. However, despite all these provisions and measures, many leaders in the NE states protested against CAB which included Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Congrad Sangma, Chief Minister of Mizoram, Zoramthanga and Chief Minister of Manipur, Biren Singh.
The NPF said 3 Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) leaders even resigned as State Ministers over the controversy on CAB after they tendered their resignations to Assam Chief Minister, Sarbananada Sonowal.
“Despite all the hue and cry, Chief Minister of Nagaland, Neiphiu Rio stubbornly refused to budge from his naïve belief that Nagaland was protected from CAB under Article-371(A) and ILP,” the NPF stated and questioned whether it implied that his counterparts in other NE States were raising alarms out of a non-issue or was it Neiphiu Rio who rather failed to understand the reality?
“If we really mean to uphold Article-371(A), we should raise our voice before any contentious Bill is passed so that exemption of the Bill can be incorporated in the said Bill,” it said.
Stating that NDPP party has no dignity as a political party, the NPF advised the NDPP to either stick to its motto or to avoid the same altogether in order to avoid further humiliation.
The NPF also alleged that the NDPP Party has been avoiding the queries put forward by the NPF Party, both inside and outside the Nagaland Legislative Assembly, except for political rhetoric which the NDPP Party has no dearth of. (Page News Service)