Dimapur, January 7: The Naga People’s Front (NPF) has again questioned the silence of the NDPP-led PDA Government in Nagaland over the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016 and demanded the Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio to make his Government stand clear on the burning issue for the sake of the welfare of the people.
In a press rejoinder to a NDPP communiqué, the NPF said the PDA Government continues to remain mute on the controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill despite the NPF knocking the door of the Government over the issue.
“When the whole region is against the bill, which will directly effect not only Nagaland state but the whole of the Northeastern region, and in spite of the opposition NPF knocking the door of the government over issue time and again keeping in mind, once the bill is introduce, it will greatly effect the state, the PDA government prefer to remain tight lipped and its Chief Minister turn deaf ear,” it said.
The NPF said even though the Chief Minister is least bothered with the future of the Naga people, the Nagas cannot be taken for a joy-ride or be convinced by his silence. It called upon the Chief Minister “even though he is least bothered as an individual over the bill but being the head of the state” to make his government stand clear on the issue. It also asked the ruling party not to divert the issue just for the sake of the publicity but to work tirelessly for the Naga people.
Poaching NPF MLAs
On the issue of poaching of NPF MLAs, the rejoinder claimed, “The NDPP supremo and the PDA Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio had on several times tried his best to play his old games on the much committed and sincere NPF MLAs, but the NPF be it its MLAs or the party rank and file can never succumb to his old tricks.”
The NPF that Rio though in the CM’s chair now is not certain when his fortune will come to a halt. “With his shaky coalition partners in running the affair of the state, Rio is reeling under darkness as any moment if he cannot please his partners, he knows well that his great wall of PDA government may collapse anytime. Therefore, it is expected that with a handful of 17 MLAs, the NDPP may having a tough time keeping vigil round the clock to keep its PDA coalition partners alive,” it said.
The NPF reiterated that regardless of treasury bench or opposition, all the party rank and file and its 26 MLAs are intact and committed to work for the welfare of the Naga society. It assured to play the role of a constructive opposition, and that the party is not interested to topple the PDA coalition Government “as it will fall itself any moment.” It reminded the NDPP that the PDA Government “dooms day is soon approaching”. (Page News Service)