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Congress slams Rio, NPF
Published on 30 Nov. 2009 12:37 AM IST
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The NPCC on Sunday lashed out at chief minister, Neiphiu Rio for saying that the national political parties sometimes find it difficult to play the crucial role of protecting its people’s rights as they cannot deviate from their ideologies. The Congress also criticized rechristening of the Nagaland People’s Front to Naga People’s Front implying its decision to become one of the “national parties” and questioned the identity of the NPF as a regional party. Describing the chief minister’s statement as “baseless,” the NPCC asserted that the “crystal clear” ideology and policy of the Indian National Congress was that it stood for the interest of minorities like Nagas and backward communities and solely committed for their upliftment. Irked by Rio’s statement, the NPCC sought to know from him under what provision the national parties could not fight and stand for its people’s political rights. Reminding that the DAN government was a conglomeration of national parties like BJP and NCP which were functioning under the constitution of India, the Congress queried where was the exception of NPF functioning independently from the rest of all other parties in India. NPCC vice president, Nillo Rengma in a statement alleged that the NPF leaders were creating a lot of commotion and declaring themselves as the champions of Naga cause but have “done nothing at all for Naga cause.” “How long will the NPF party fool Naga people on Naga issue?” the NPCC asked. Stating that the NPF’s decision to contest elections in Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh entailed a move to become a national political party, the Congress said “NPF can forego any identity or principle to join any political parties in the country for the sake of power.” On the chief minister’s claim that the NPF represented the unique identity and culture of the Nagas, the NPCC said that the Naga people as a whole including the political parties in Nagaland and civil societies represented their uniqueness and culture. The NPCC wondered as to how long the political negotiation and DAN government acting as facilitator in the peace process would go on in the “right track or direction.” The Congress also criticized the DAN government’s leadership for their constant statement that it was ready to pave way for Naga issue and asked “Is there anyone blocking their way?” “If there is,” the NPCC said, “maybe the DAN government as facilitator in the peace process should be pointing their fingers at themselves.” Referring to NPF president, Dr Shurhozelie’s statement that the government of India had made its position clear that it was keen to solve the Naga political problem, NPCC said the Naga people including the negotiating parties were also keen to settle the issue and that the ball was now in the court of the facilitator, DAN government. Nillo said the NPCC’s commitment for an early amicable settlement of Naga issue could be seen in CLP’s full cooperation with DAN government on constituting the Joint Parliamentary Committee. “… but still chief minister have no confidence on national political parties and blaming his government failures in all fronts to national political parties covering up his failings,” the NPCC alleged.

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