Kohima, June 12: Opposition Naga People’s Front (NPF) Wednesday urged the Government of India for an early settlement of Naga political issue and also called upon all Naga nationalist groups to stand together on the same platform and adopt the same approach towards solution of the long standing problem.
NPF president Dr Shurhozolie Liezietsu reiterated that the party shall continue to uphold the principles of non-violence and shall strive for resolution of all conflicts through peaceful means. He was speaking at the Central Executive Council meeting of the party and also felicitation of Dr Lorho S. Pfoze, NPF candidate for winning the Outer Manipur Lok Sabha seat at Central Headquarter here.
“We will continue to uphold the uniqueness of Naga political history, which of late, the Government of India had also given recognition and such recognition is considered to be a positive step towards solving the protracted political problem in Nagaland,” he said.
Towards this end, Dr Liezietsu affirmed that NPF will continue to strive to work for early political settlement of the long standing Naga political problem.
“We will continue to appeal to the wisdom of our national workers to come closer to one another and stand together on the same platform and adopt the same approach towards solution of the Naga political problem based on ground realities,” he said.
The NPF president also expressed to the Government of India that “we want an early settlement which is honorable and inclusive because piece meal solution is not going to serve any purpose”.
Reiterating snapping of ties with BJP in Nagaland, the NPF however clarified that “our support to BJP Government in Manipur may not have any effect either on us or on BJP, but we do not want to vitiate the atmosphere in any manner for the ongoing process of the ‘Framework Agreement’ signed between the Government of India and NSCN-IM on August 3, 2015”.
“We also reiterate that we will continue to uphold our stand on ‘integration of all Naga ancestral areas under one administrative roof’ as enshrined in the NPF Constitution,” he said.
Leader of Opposition in Nagaland Assembly and former Chief Minister T R Zeliang lambasted the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party for engaging in poaching of NPF MLAs in the last Lok Sabha polls.
He said NDPP pouched seven NPF MLAs through high level of corruption and not for development purpose. He alleged that the present NDPP government in the State has not been able to take up any developmental and welfare activities for the people of the state because it is too busy in poaching NPF MLAs.
Nonetheless, he said that even as the seven NPF MLAs went against the party decision during election, within the State Assembly they are still under the purview of NPF and will attract Anti Defection Law if they don’t stand with the party inside the House.
Moreover, Zeliang said NPF does not regret the seven of them going against the party because it is better to have unity within a smaller group than to remain divided in a larger group.
He also pointed that in 2018 bye-poll for the Lok Sabha seat, NPF nominee C Apok Jamir despite having 26 MLAs and supported by Congress had lost against NDPP candidate Tokheho Yepthomi with a huge margin of over one lakh votes but the last LS polls the support of 19 NPF MLAs witnessed Congress candidate K L Chishi losing with a mere margin of 16,000 votes.
“This is better achievement than the previous LS bye-poll result,” he said.
Zeliang, while reiterating the stand of the party on Citizenship Amendment Bill reaffirmed that NPF will never accept the PDA government stand that Nagas are protected from CAB by Article 371(A) of the Constitution of India.
“If the present state government feels that Nagas are protected under Article 371A, they are fooling the Naga people,” he said while requesting the two NPF MPs – one each in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha to stand firm against the Bill in the Parliament.
Further, Zeliang also lashed out at the NDPP government for embezzlement of Rs 755 crore released as overdraft by RBI to the State government in 2018 and also non-release of MGNREGA fund even after lapse of a year.
MLA Y Vikheho Swu observing the shifting of allegiance of party MLAs and leaders to the ruling party said “as opposition we must not think it is worthless to remain in opposition but take it as opportunity to re-strengthen the party and also point out the mistakes of the government in the interest of the people.
The nature of government in a democracy is to have ruling and opposition for better deliverance of goods to the people, he said while expressing hope that NPF will return to power soon.” (Page News Service)