KOHIMA, JULY 27: The Naga People’s Front (NPF) said they wanted to join the ruling People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) to change the system.
The Opposition NPF, which has been slamming the Government for alleged corruption, has expressed desire to join the Government, led by Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, taking Naga political issue as main reason.
But a senior NPF MLA said they wanted to join the bandwagon of Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) and BJP to change the system. “Yes by joining in Government we can change the system”, he maintained.
But some members of the NPF said their desire to join the PDA Government is to push forward the ongoing peace process between the Union Government and Naga militant groups. But political pundits say such assertions were lame excuses. This is the second time the NPF lawmakers have knocked at the door of PDA Government. NDPP insider said some NPF legislators were restless staying in the Opposition Bench.
The NDPP was not averse to the idea of opposition-less Government, but they wanted its key ally BJP to decide the fate of Cock party.
The NPF has 25 MLAs in the House of 60.
Another NPF leader claimed that they wanted to join the Government to give one last push to the Naga peace process. He said when NPFG broke away from the Joint Legislators Forum (JLF) and started working on its own, they were accused of going against the impending solution and asked them to understand the situation and work together so that Naga outfits could also come together. “Now NPF has decided to endorse the concept of opposition-less government to give a one last push for Naga solution before the end of this 13th House”, he said.
He further said NPF was accused of being irresponsible political party but they will leave it to the people to decide.
The NPF said to formalize matter it would take some days, but it is the BJP which will take a final call whether the NPF will be admitted in the PDA.
The 12th House, led by former CM TR Zeliang, also saw opposition-less Government after the Congress joined the Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) Government, and later defected to NPF, led by Tokheho Yepthomi, now Lok Sabha MP.