Asks NPF to stop politics of religion
Kohima, May 19: The ruling Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) today claimed that the People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) Government is functioning smoothly under an environment of stability and mutual trust.
“Unlike the period under the NPF when stability was a worry every hour and every day despite having support of all 60 members in the House, the PDA Government under Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio is absolutely stable and focused on good governance,” said NDPP spokesperson Merentoshi R Jamir while addressing a press conference at NDPP Kohima Region office here.
“We are in the Government with the commitment to bring change and we will ensure that people experience it at all levels,” Jamir said, adding that NDPP-led PDA government is in the state to clear the gap of development and progress.
Reacting to the opposition NPF allegations that Rio is the only one person because of whom the ensuing Lok Sabha bye-election is forced in Nagaland, Jamir pointed out that it was the total failure of the erstwhile NPF-led DAN Government after Rio’s departure for Delhi that the situation necessitated the call him to return to the State as per the desire of the people.
“DAN-I, II and III under Rio’s leadership was successful and providing a stable Government, he decided to go to Delhi and take the greater cause for Nagas,” he said while lashing out that the last four years of DAN Government was not able to deliver to the people, except for engaging in crisis and Kaziranga trips.
“Heeding the voice of the public, Rio decided to come back and headed the NDPP as its undisputed leader upon the request of the rank and file of the party,” he said.
Accusing NPF of playing double standard politics, Jamir said, “NPF has suddenly become very critical of the BJP without recalling that it had been in alliance with the BJP for the last 15 years”.
“In July 19, 2017, the NPF severed ties with the BJP but after that it made desperate attempts to restore the alliance with the BJP, and after several flip-flops, the then Chief Minister TR Zeliang met national BJP President Amit Shah on January 25, 2018 following the NPF Central Executive Council emergency meeting resolution to revoke its decision to snap ties with the BJP and continue the alliance,” he said.
Nonetheless, Jamir said that the severance of ties and allegations on religious lines against BJP must have irked its party high command because of which BJP decided to be partners with NDPP.
On NPF criticizing the BJP as a communal and anti-Christian party, Jamir lashed back asking “If the BJP was an anti-Christian and communal party, what was the erstwhile Cock party doing since 1977?”
Apart from the BJP, the NDPP reminded that the erstwhile NPC allied with the Congress to depose the then Chief Minister KL Chishi and set up an NPC-Congress Government with late Vamuzo as Chief Minister and IK Sema from the Congress as the Deputy Chief Minister in the 1990s.
“With such history, the NPF has no moral right to criticize neither the PDA Government nor the NDPP, and the NPF’s rhetoric is a clear sign of double-standard politics,” he said adding that the NPF’s tall claims of being the only regional party are unfounded, as they have always allied with one national party or the other.
Jamir also asked NPF to stop playing the politics of religion and also the negative aspect of polarizing on religious lines.
On the claims of Opposition leader T R Zeliang that NPF being the single largest party should be called to form the government based on the decision of Karnataka Governor appointing BJP leader B S Yedyyuruppa as the Chief Minister, the spokesperson highlighted that the NDPP-BJP alliance was a pre-poll alliance that had a seat sharing arrangement as one single entity where the two parties did not contest against each other in any constituency.
“The NDPP-BJP pre-poll alliance won combined 30 seats (NDPP – 18 and BJP – 12) securing a total of 4,08,056 votes (40.51%) out of 10,07,163 total of votes polled in the State and clearly emerged as the single largest party.
He said after the elections, JD(U) and NPP which are natural allies with the BJP in the NDA Government at the Centre, along with the lone Independent legislator also extended their support to the NDPP-BJP combine thereby taking the total combine of pre and post poll alliance partners to 34 in the House of 60.
Chief Minister Rio has already cleared the floor test in the Assembly and presently established a stable government and therefore there should be no question claims to form a new government, he said
The NDPP spokesperson also highlighted Justice Sarkaria Commission Report on Centre-State Relations with emphasis on Role of Governor specially dealing with the Choice of the Chief Minister.
He claimed that the Nagaland Governor had followed due legal process in installation of the PDA government in the State.
Jamir further stated that if NPF wants to stake claim in Nagaland than it should first withdraw support from the government in Manipur as matter is similar in both the States.
On the appointment of leaders of alliance partners – three with cabinet minister status and 10 with minister of state rank, Jamir clarified that members of the PDA have only been accorded status but no Government privileges and that they should not be paid anything from the State’s exchequer.
He said that they have been given the status to have better coordination at all levels, including the central ministries.
On NPF claims that NDPP is not a regional party, Jamir said the NDPP is a registered, recognized political party having strong regional ideology and identity with the people being the real stakeholders and the true high command of the party.
“Although it (NDPP) is a young party, it is carrying out its activities in true regional spirit and will continue to work tirelessly in line with its motto – Deeds, not words”, he affirmed. (Page News Service)