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NPCC slams Sangma, Rio
Published on 8 Apr. 2009 2:06 AM IST
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“Birds of the same feather flock together” NPCC quoted the adage to describe the joint poll campaign of Nagaland chief minister, Neiphiu Rio and NCP general secretary, PA Sangma in the state during which Sangma also said that he and Rio were good friends with one idea, mind and objective. NPCC vice president (Admn), Zacilhö Vadeo said people were aware that both of them find fancy in playing “remote control politics” in their respective states. While the NPCC accused Sangma of using ‘press buttons’ in controlling the entire NCP and its alliance (MPA) in Meghalaya, it also accused Rio of controlling NPF and NCP via remote control gadget. NPCC alleged that both the Assembly Speakers in Nagaland and Meghalaya, under the two leaders’ authority had misused (ultra-vires) their power and abused the provisions of the Constitution of India to ensure that the DAN Government in Nagaland and MPA Government in Meghalaya stuck to power by “hook or by crook.” The NPCC attributed the clamping of President’s rule in the two northeast states to the “illegal and unconstitutional” conducts of both the respective Speakers. On Rio’s description of Sangma as the face of the northeast politics, the NPCC wondered with what face Sangma was meeting people when he himself was subverting and adopting belligerent stand against the Constitution of India. NPCC asked Sangma to first set his own house in order and then only speak to the Naga people. It also said Sangma’s joint campaign with Rio in Nagaland might bring misfortune to the DAN Government in Nagaland in due course of time. The state Congress said Sangma’s once “tall leader” status in Delhi has today declined extensively whereby in his effort to regain his political hold had transformed himself as the Convenor of NE forum of non-Congress parties and trying to mesmerize the people of the region. NPCC said it would be a futile exercise as people knew his political ploy. NPCC further pointed out that Sangma had earned the wrath of his president Sharad Pawar in campaigning for BJP in northeast region. “His political misadventure has plunged him into serious identity crisis-a persona-non-grata in the circle of power politics,” it added. NPCC also rebutted Rio’s remarks of four Ex-MLAs’ resignation as sacrificial act and asked him to elaborate his concept of sacrificial deed vis-à-vis the “four renegades.” It also urged the shief minister to speak the truth and reveal the true colour. NPCC said people also knew who were the “political prostitutes” and who was the “pimp.” On Rio’s comment Meanwhile, reacting to state chief minister, Neiphiu Rio’s comment that Congress was the number one enemy of NPF in Nagaland as published in the local dailies, NPCC has expressed apprehension that the CM might have completely lost his “balance of thinking.” Taking into account the effective role it was playing as opposition in a democratic state, the NPCC noted the utterance of the CM as “scan regard for democratic value as chief minister of a democratic institution.” NPCC media cell chairman, R. Paphino said the chief minister’s comment meant the “end of Democracy – R.I.P.” Paphino said the Congress as opposition party cannot remain a mute spectator to the corruption, nepotism and all forms of anti-people’s practices of the DAN Government. NPCC said the chief minister’s claim that DAN Government had achieved in six years what Congress party could not achieve in 29 years, contained some element of truth as the NPF-led DAN Government have destroyed the entire social fabric and over all structures of the State. It said that the DAN therefore deserved all credit for their negative performance in the last six years in power. It claimed that the Congress in its 29 years of rule did not contribute anything that bore adverse or negative impact on the people of Nagaland. NPCC also said the NPF-led DAN leadership was parochial and too selfish to cede their power and financial authority to the Municipal and Town Councils and they have retained those powers and departments which otherwise should have been de-centralized and handed over to the Councils six years ago. “This is the bottlenecks which accounted for retardation of development in Kohima, Dimapur and elsewhere,” it said. NPCC further said the Nagas cannot expect any substantive development as long as the NPF leaders remain in the power chair.

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