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NPCC lambasts NPF poll agenda
Published on 9 Apr. 2009 1:58 AM IST
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NPCC on Wednesday said that the NPF which has made the Naga issue its top agenda for the last 45 years would once again keep aside the Naga Political problem and Integration issue after the elections. NPCC Media Cell, Chairman, R. Paphino alleged that the NPF will shelve the Naga issue into cold storage going by the past as it has been the regional party’s “superficial poll plank for the last 45 years”. It said the plank has not yielded any concrete result till today despite being in power for a long time. NPCC said the NPF-led DAN government’s “result card” in handling the Naga issue still stood at “zero level” and that it was “awfully ridiculous” for the NPF leaders to keep on harping foul tone on Naga Political issue when it had not moved even an inch in carrying forward the Naga Peace process or steering forward the Naga cause. NPCC said that a political party like NPF, during election, was supposed to highlight their policies, programs, achievements and future vision for the people of Nagaland as everything was under their command including crores of money for developments. The NPCC however said that the chief minister, Neiphiu Rio and other NPF leaders for the last six years have been banking their election strategy mainly on Naga political problem and Integration issue to whip-up the sentiment of the people and convert them into votes, without any achievement but coupled with dismal performance. “But like the foul cry of the cowherd, shouting wolf! Wolf! No one will come to NPF’s rescue because our people know that this regional Party has lied again and again. People are monotonous with their hollow cries!” the NPCC said. The Congress slammed chief minister Neiphiu Rio for his statement in Viswema Tuesday where he said “Nagas were proud people fighting for sovereignty” while emphasing on special status of Article 371(A) of the Indian Constitution. He said the provision placed Nagaland as the 16th State of India. NPCC viewed rio’s statements as a serious matter for a chief minister who had taken oath under the Constitution of India, owing allegiance to the sovereignty and integrity of India, who was supposed to discharge his duties and functions as any other Indian State but championing the cause for another sovereignty.

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