Claims there is no visible ‘change’ as promised
Kohima, May 2: The Naga People’s Front (NPF) today claimed that the People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) Government is on the edge and would collapse anytime.
Addressing a press conference here at the party’s central office today, NPF spokesman, Achumbemo Kikon said by all indications the NDPP and BJP-led PDA Government is shaky and that it would collapse anytime. He said if the PDA Government falls, the NPF will form the Government to serve the people.
“The PDA Government is like a rotten bridge which may collapse anytime,” he said. He said there are indications that all is not well with the Government and therefore Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio is resorting to several political appointments, which is unprecedented and puts extra burden on the State’s exchequer.
Kikon accused the PDA Government of hoodwinking the citizens as it has not only appointed alliance MLAs as advisors but also 13 party leaders of the alliance partners in the rank and status of Cabinet Ministers and Minister of State.
“What was the need to appoint party functionaries in such a status when there are enough elected members,” he questioned.
Kikon also pointed out that the appointments made on Tuesday was a gross violation of the Model Code of Conduct, as the Election Commission of India (ECI) has announced the electioneering process to conduct Lok Sabha bye-election in the State. The party demanded that the ECI to take cognizance of the matter and initiate appropriate action against the PDA government.
The NPF spokesman also lamented that the tall promises of the PDA Government to bring change was yet to be seen in reality despite the lapse of 56 days of installation of the Government. He reminded that the PDA Government while taking over the reins of the State on March 8 last had declared to bring change by implementing various schemes within 100 and 200 days while repair and maintenance of roads of the district headquarters within 60 days, besides asserting to enforce austerity measure.
He, however, lamented that 56 days has lapsed and there is not much improvement in the road sector.
On the law and order front, the NPF spokesperson said that the recent state-wide shut down of petrol pumps demanding safe release of an oil tanker driver and handy-man, who reportedly went missing on April 22 from Tuensang district, indicates the failure of PDA Government in handling law and order situation.
He said that while the PDA government had decided to remove VIP culture but it has forgotten the security of the citizens of the State.
On the proposed celebration of every tribal festival in the State as Mini Hornbill festivals, Kikon said such celebrations would dilute the very essence of the tribal festivals which are unique and sacred. The Hornbill festival was created recently but the tribal festivals have been there since time immemorial and therefore the tribal festivals should not be diluted with Hornbill festival, he said.
He said the NPF does not subscribe to the corrupt practice of the government as the PDA has been saying something but the actions are different in reality.
Kikon also said the NPF party, which has 26 MLAs in the 60 member State Assembly is so far the largest Opposition in the history of the State Assembly and it will continue to play the role of a constructive and active Opposition.
“We will not remain quite but continue to raise the concern of the Naga people as a constructive opposition and will continue to fight for the welfare and identity of the Naga people,” he affirmed.
“Naga people loves NPF Party and we are ready to shoulder the responsibility to carry forward the Naga people and also the Naga political issue,” he said.
Meanwhile, Kikon reiterated that the deficit during the last four years of T R Zeliang and Dr Shurhozelie Liezietsu as Chief Minister is just meagre compared to the budget deficit they inherited from then Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio.
He also accused Rio of forcing the May 28 Lok Sabha bye-election upon the people of the State saying that Rio had gone to Delhi in May 2014 with the assurance to work for an early solution of the Naga political issue but he resigned from Lok Sabha at a time when the talks was at a very critical juncture and reaching the final solution.
On the NPF legislators demanding high-end vehicle, Kikon clarified that elected members does not only stay in Kohima or Dimapur but they have to travel to interior areas for the welfare of the people and Toyota Innova has low cost maintenance compared to the vehicle proposed earlier.
He also said that the Government should also check the number of vehicles being provided to the Heads of Departments, which is more than the requirement.