Dimapur, October 17: The ruling NDPP has advised the Opposition NPF to desist forthwith from jumping the gun and criticizing Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on the contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016. Rather it urged the NPF to come forward with positive suggestions as to how best to safeguard the interests of the Naga people.
Reacting to the NPF statement on the issue, the NDPP reminded that the proposed CAB 2016 has already been discussed threadbare amongst all sections of society including the Nagaland Legislative Assembly. “Not only have thorough discussions been undertaken but a series of resolutions rejecting the CAB have already been passed which sadly does not have the participation of the opposition NPF for reasons best known to them,” it stated.
After having boycotted important discussions, debates and resolutions of apex tribal hohos, CSOs and the state government, the NDPP said it is unbecoming and uncalled for on the part of the NPF to start blaming the Chief Minister and the PDA Government on the issue.
Expressing gratitude to the Central leaders for taking up the concerns of the people and civil societies on CAB positively, the NPDD, however, reiterated its stand that the State of Nagaland is protected by Article 371(A) of the Constitution of India, the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation (BEFR) 1873 and the ILP regime in relation to the proposed CAB 2016 or any such acts of parliament that are detrimental to the rights and privileges of the people of Nagaland.
The NDPP also asked the NPF to stop teaching the PDA Government what is good governance and what development entails. “After all, what more can be said when the general public, totally disenchanted with the then leadership of the Government especially in the aftermath of the ULB fiasco when the whole state machinery disintegrated for weeks, commented that the then Chief Minister could be trusted with the enormous responsibility of running the Government as much as a child can be trusted with a loaded and cocked assault rifle,” it claimed.
Claiming that the people of Nagaland have tried and tested the NPF and have found it wanting in many fronts, the NDPP assured that the NDPP-BJP alliance will take the people of Nagaland “into a realm of good governance, more development, peace and prosperity.” (Page News Service)