Kohima, May 15: With much expectation of the formation of a non-BJP Government at the Centre, the Naga People’s Front (NPF) is all set to extend support to the Congress in Manipur to form of new Government.
Cock leaders here said they may most likely support the Congress to form the next Government in Manipur.
This decision appears to be in anticipation of a new Government at the Centre. But party leaders here claimed that they were mistreated by the saffron party.
NPF has been relentlessly criticized for its double standard politics by political pundits and political parties in Nagaland for supporting the BJP Government in Manipur and remaining arch-rival in Nagaland and at the Centre. The party, including its president, Dr. Shurhozelie Liezietsu and former Chief Minister and Leader of the Opposition, T R Zeliang had been slamming the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) led People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) Government, where BJP is the second largest party, for corruption and supporting the Hindutva agenda, which the party consider is anti-Christian and anti-minority.
All along NPF leaders have been unable to give satisfactory answer to the people why it supports BJP in Manipur but are rivals in Nagaland.
The cock party has four MLAs in Manipur.
The BJP which won 21 seats in 2017 Manipur general election formed the Government with the support of NPF and non-Congress parties. Then the NPF vowed to stamp out Congress from the region.
This is the second time the NPF has warned the BJP of withdrawing support.
The party leadership has convened a meeting on May 18 to take a final call whether to stay with the BJP or walkout and support the Congress.
The move will have no significant impact on the BJP-led Biren Singh government, which will still have 36 members after the NPF’s exit. In the 60-member Manipur assembly, BJP has half the total number of MLAs, while its partners NPF and National People’s Party (NPP) have four seats each. LJP has one seat and an Independent legislator supports the coalition.
(Page News Service)