KOHIMA, JULY 20: In a major political development, Nagaland is heading for another “Opposition-less” Government with the opposition Naga People’s Front (NPF) deciding to join the ruling People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) in the State “with a view to facilitate one voice for an early solution to the vexed Naga political issue”.
The development comes ahead of the crucial Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) session scheduled from August 3, where the opposition NPF was expected to raise issues of alleged financial mismanagement and irregularities by the PDA Government, particularly COVID-19 related funds.
The Government of Nagaland had recently set up a Parliamentary Core Committee on Naga Political Issue, comprising of all the elected members of the NLA, with a view to facilitate an early solution to the protracted Naga political issue. The brief of the Core Committee was to bring unity among the many Naga political groups (NPGs) for “One Solution”.
It can be recalled that in 2015, eight opposition Congress MLAs had merged with the NPF making it an opposition-less House.
Top NPF leader confirmed that the opposition NPF has decided to join the ruling PDA and re-establish an opposition-less Government in Nagaland for the second time.
The decision was taken Monday during a party legislators meeting held in the residence of Opposition Leader and former Chief Minister TR Zeliang in Dimapur late Monday night, said NPF Legislature Party spokesperson Imkong L Imchen.
The NPF, led by the Opposition Leader TR Zeliang, will submit supporting documents to the PDA during a meeting between Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio and Opposition Leader Zeliang in the presence of others on Tuesday, he confirmed.
Imkong said the NPF took the decision to be part of the ruling alliance with a view to facilitate ‘one voice’ for an early solution to the vexed Naga political issue.
Earlier on Monday, the ruling NDPP had gone all out in appreciating the Leader of Opposition and members of the Opposition for heeding to the call for unity, leaving aside politics and cutting across party lines “and joining the Parliamentary Core Committee”.
“Such understanding and unity of all Hon’ble Members of the NLA for a common goal will definitely bring positive results in our collective efforts to bring about a final solution to the Naga political issue and proves that as leaders they are definitely leading by example”, the NDPP said.
“Our leaders are working tirelessly towards realising our dream of wanting a final settlement that is honourable and acceptable to the people”, the party said while appealing to the people of the State to stand in solidarity and support “our leaders” and continue to uphold them along with the members of the negotiating parties including the GoI in our prayers.
“Just as how our leaders have come together, standing united for our common cause; we as stakeholders must also stand together towards achieving our goal of a final settlement acceptable to all of us. The NDPP stands firm with our leaders and further encourage them to continue their endeavour to fulfill the dreams and aspirations of the people of the State”, it added.
(Page News Service)