NPF accuses Rio of ‘double-standard’

NPF accuses Rio of ‘double-standard’
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Dimapur, March 20: The Naga People’s Front (NPF) today accused chief minister, Neiphiu Rio of “double-standard” in regards to his contrary stands on the 16-Point Agreement and Article 371-A.
The NPF stated that in 2002, a year before the State Assembly elections of 2003, Rio deserted Dr S C Jamir, the then Chief Minister in protest against the book, “Bedrock of Naga Society” written by Dr Jamir, which stated that the 16-Point Agreement was the final solution between the Nagas and the Government of India. Rio had condemned the book during that time, the NPF said.
Stating that the state of Nagaland was created in pursuance to the 16-Point Memorandum submitted to the Government of India, the NPF stated that the Article 371(A), which has been the main outcome of discussion in recent times, is an outcome of the 16-Point Agreement.
The NPF stated that Neiphiu Rio had recently declared that any Naga talking against Article 371 (A) of the Constitution of India shall amount to betrayal of the Naga people. He also said that the Nagas are protected by Article 371 (A) against the Citizenship Amendment Bill, the NPF quoted Rio and added that this is evidently clear by his statement delivered during the Budget Session on February 22, 2019.
“This double-standard attitude of Rio is highly objectionable. In 2002, he resigned as Home Minister in protest against the 16 Point Agreement which gave birth to Article 371 (A) and whereas today, he blatantly maintains that Article 371(A) protects the Nagas even from a contentious subject like the Citizenship Amendment Bill,” a press release issued by NPF Press Bureau stated.
The NPF further said Neiphiu Rio’s unnecessary dig at the NPF Party in putting up a candidate for the Lok Sabha election is nothing but a matter of amusement since it is an internal affair of the NPF Party where Rio does not have any role to play.
The NPF Party is capable of handling its own affairs and will bring the matter to the public domain with the right explanation at the right time, it added.
The NPF also stated that Y Patton was the Camp Commander, not only during the camping at Kaziranga but during every crisis which he exploited by bargaining for better position.
“The shameless hypocrisy of the person, who did not bother about progress or development but is rather a champion in corruption and backdoor appointment, was in full public display at DDSC Stadium on March 19,” the NPF stated.
“The track record of Patton who ditched his leaders under successive Governments of Neiphiu Rio, TR Zeliang and Dr. Shurhozelie Liezietsu is for all to see. Under Dr. Shurhozelie Liezietsu in 2017, he continued with the same portfolio and deceitfully backed TR Zeliang even as he tried again for change of guard recently in December 2018 where he misfired,” the NPF stated adding, “Prior to this, Patton had betrayed BJP Party by merging with NPF Party under Rio’s leadership while today he is displaying his loyalty to the BJP.”
The NPF further stated that Patton was elected on BJP ticket and when the Party failed at the centre, he immediately resigned as BJP MLA and joined the ruling NPF Party and went for by-election with NPF ticket.
“He can talk about PDA achievement under the Department of Home and National Highway but if he mocks the previous Government, everything he spoke against his master Rio will be revealed in detail. Patton should remember what he had uttered because the memory of the Naga people is not as short as he expects it to be,” the NPF further added. (Page News Service)