Nagaland People’s Front (NPF) has also clarified certain points pertaining to the ‘false statements’ made by the Congress by pointing out that NPF or the chief minister, Neiphiu Rio had no hand in the recent spurt of resignations of former Congress MLAs. NPF associate press secretary, Shilumar in a press statement said that former Congress MLAs have already made public on why they have resigned, but felt that NPCC was yet to understand the fact that MLAs resigned due to the failure of Congress and loss of confidence in its leadership.
Asserting that NPCC and the CLP leader have declared not to hesitate to disturb the government, the NPF reminded that it was the Congress which has always been behind the game of defections throughout the history of the political scenario in the state
“Using the weight and influence of the high command and Central Governments in Delhi, the Congress has never allowed any regional government to complete its term in Nagaland. The Congress has paid little heed to tile mandate of the Naga people and it has used money power and pressure from Delhi to suppress the regional party at every given opportunity,” further added the release.
The NPF also said that statehood was granted to the Nagas by denying political sovereignty but even then when regional governments were elected through people’s mandate, the centre has refused to respect the voice of the Naga people by suppressing the regional party by continuously engineering defections and playing the toppling game.
It maintained that Nagas were never allowed to be governed by themselves and the might and influences of Delhi and the ‘high command’ has always been imposed on the Naga people.
The press statement further alleged that Congress has created ‘defections and instability’ and has toppled successive regional governments by imposing presidents’ rule in the state in 2008.
“The question that needs to be put forward is whether the Naga people will be able to trust the sincerity of the Congress and Delhi in the event of any political settlement that may come about from the ongoing ceasefire and political dialogue? Even after the DAN coalition emerged with a majority mandate in the 2008 assembly elections, the Congress continued to play ‘tile’ game of creating instability by trying to convince the independent MLAs and the alliance partners of the DAN to pull out by offering them various commitments and assurances,” said the NPF.
The release further said the statement of the Congress leaders claiming of not planning to play ‘tile toppling game’ was ‘nothing’ but to eyewash and to merely ‘fool people’ by cultivating ‘something’ behind close doors.