The NPF has reacted to news item that appeared in a local daily on April 14 on the heading “DCC Wokha asks Rio to resign.”
Reacting to the news item, NPF youth wing secretary, Nzanbemo, in a press release stated that ‘Polygamy’ in context of ‘history and present’ was neither a Christian practice nor a non-Christian ethic but a reality that one see in few individuals out of their desire to do so despite opposition from various quarters.
The youth wing while stating that DCC Wokha was accusing Nagaland chief minister, Neiphiu Rio, of endorsing polygamy does not arise just because he was defending C.M Chang, consensus candidate of NPF for the ensuing parliamentary election, added that Chang who may or may not be a ‘polygamous’ husband though he has divorced and married another as Chang union had clarified through a local daily on April 14.
Stating that what the chief minister meant was to stress the ‘trust’ in the ability of the NPF candidate to deliver goods to the people and not ‘picker’ on a candidates’ personal family, the youth wing felt that the Congress party has no more issue to take to the people except such ‘silly and sly’ tactics by personal attacks to divert the minds of the people from main issues including development that they could not achieve during their decade rule of the state.
On the accusation of DCC, Wokha, that Rio was ‘communalist’, the NPF youth wing said the DCC was the one who was trying to ‘communalized’ the non issue into a religious issue by calling upon the Church, NGOs, Mother’s Association and students to condemned the statement of the chief minister but on the contrary, Rio, who very well knows about the stand of Church had said nothing about the Church in his campaign at Pughoboto on April 11 for his party’s candidature but simply restated the ‘polygamous practice that one sees amongst Naga tribes.
Further, on the allegation against the chief minister as ‘endorsing headhunting and gun culture, corruption, favouritism, nepotism and polygamy’, the NPF youth wing said it was nothing but an ‘expression’ of frustration suffered by ranks and files of Congress workers as they find that their party’s (Congress) hope of coming to power has gone.
It further appealed all NPF workers and its allies not to be swayed by such allegations but to work harder for the party’s candidate, who is sure to win the ensuing parliamentary election.