DIMAPUR, MAY 13: The Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) has accused the Rising Peoples Party (RPP) of levelling “several unfounded allegations” against the opposition-less United Democratic Alliance (UDA) Government in Nagaland in its demand for the imposition of President’s Rule in the State.
The allegations are baseless, misleading and cannot warrant invoking Article 365 of the Constitution of India, said the NDPP in a statement issued today.
“The Constitution of India, on which the very fabrics of democracy of this great nation are enshrined in, cannot be treated in such a flippant manner! Simply raising allegations of corruption and non-disbursement salaries are not reasons enough to invite invoking Article 365 of the Constitution of India”, it stated.
On the RPP allegation that the present opposition-less UDA Government is an undemocratic one, the NDPP said nowhere in the Constitution of India does it say that an opposition-less government/house is illegal or not permissible.
“The Hon’ble members of the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) are neither self-styled leaders nor have they forced themselves to sit in the house of the people. They have been democratically elected by their respective constituents to represent them in the people’s house for the duration of this house. The demand for the dissolution of the 13th NLA and for the imposition of Presidents Rule in the State is therefore against the very tenets of a democracy and is in fact an insult to not only the esteemed office of the Hon’ble Governor of Nagaland but also a complete disregard and disrespect of the Constitution of India and the people of Nagaland who have democratically reposed and elected these very leaders of the 13th NLA to represent them for five years”, it claimed.
“The NDPP is aghast that a political party, registered with the Election Commission of India (ECI) would demand for the dismissal of a popularly elected Government which goes against the very fabrics of democracy”, the party said.
Declaring that the NDPP stands committed in its promise of transparency, accountability, meritocracy and good governance, the statement said the party shall not waver in its commitments to the people of the State by succumbing to “baseless and misleading allegations of our opponents and detractors”. It appealed to the people to continue their support to the party and the Government, which has remained unwavering over the last more than four years.
(Page News Service)