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NPF reacts to CLP leader
Published on 12 Feb. 2010 12:16 AM IST
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Naga People’s Front (NPF) breaking a lull over Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Tokheho Yepthomi’s allegations of corruption against the DAN government Thursday said his allegations held no merit as they were made without any basis. Reacting to Tokheho’s accusation that government machineries were a tool of NPF during elections, the NPF press bureau Thursday, said during the assembly elections in 2003 and 2008 the DAN government was not at the helm of affairs. The release said when the state went to elections in 2003, a government headed by the Congress was in power and in 2008 elections were held under President’s rule that was imposed by Congress led UPA government. Thus, on both occasions DAN had to face “tremendous challenges”, it said but added that the voice of people prevailed leading to victory for DAN. Stating that Congress Legislature Party leader Tokheho was part of DAN ministry till the end of previous term, the NPF press bureau said, Tokheho, could not survive because of his “corruption and misappropriations as R&B minister during 2003-2008.” Terming Tokheho’s statements on ROP as “incorrect”, the bureau said the state government had decided to implement the 6th ROP from April 2010 onwards. Also, replying to CLP leader’s statement that centre had offered 50% of ROP expenditure, the NPF said it was a figment of Tokeho’s imagination as the 13th FC award was yet to be made public. The NPF press bureau also said that incorrect statements on even basic government procedures exposed Tokheho’s “ignorance” and spoke “volumes of his incapability.” Terming Tokeho’s accusation that DAN was using NSF and ENSF for survival as “baseless”, the NPF said it was but undermining the civil societies and mass based organizations. Further, asserting that Congress Legislature Party leader was “quite ignorant” about DAN’s initiatives for youth, the NPF said year of youth empowerment followed by Year of capacity building and multiple initiatives like CM’s corpus fund and year of farmers and state sports policy were some of DAN government’s success stories on youth empowerment. On the retirement issue, the NPF said that the decision to extend the age was taken after all sections of society and civil societies were consulted and the legislation prescribing length of service was carried out. Also, claiming that road shows conducted in 2009 had been one of the success stories in the state, the press bureau of the NPF party, said such initiatives were being appreciated by other states and the centre. The Naga People’s Front said it was “quite ridiculous” that the opposition leader was criticizing initiatives that had gone down very well with the general public, particularly in the backward and far flung districts. Underlining that DAN government appreciated constructive criticism, the NPF said, however, if the Congress Legislature Party leader indulged in “gimmicks” and misleading negative criticisms, it was people to judge him and give him a befitting reply.

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