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NPF rejoinder to Tokheho on road show
Published on 8 Aug. 2010 12:08 AM IST
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NPF Press and Media Bureau has termed as “irresponsible and baseless” allegations made by the leader of the opposition Congress Tokheho over road shows which came close on the heels of the cancellation of the Pungro road show.
According to the NPF, the Pungro road show was called off since the prevailing situation was not conducive and in order to defuse the situation and return to normalcy.
The Bureau said the state government had dispatched additional police and paramilitary force to Pungro area much before the situation worsened adding both the security and administrative officers carried out their duties with restraint in order to prevent any injury or loss of life.
Maintaining that road shows were not “anti-people” but rather “pro-people programmes of the DAN government”, the Bureau said the shows had taken various development and welfare related departments to the doorsteps of the people where interface and time between targeted sections and government’s programmes have been significant reduced and effectiveness of the initiatives greatly improved.
It said people’s response to the road shows could be gauged by the mass participation from all sections of society where Naga handloom and handicraft, cuisines, music, performing arts , fashion and games were given the platform. It said these shows which were clubbed with respective tribal festivals served to preserve and promote the rich cultural heritage and also helped spot talents who then went on to achieve higher levels of success.
In addition, the road shows also helped promote tourism and indirectly boosted the local economy, it said. According to the Bureau, the road shows were in line with the policy of the DAN, a “regional party” in upholding and protecting the identity and culture of the Nagas.
On the other hand,it accused the opposition Congress leader of “trying to impose the alien culture of national parties upon Nagas”. The NPF said while the constitution of India accorded protection and recognition of Naga identity, the opposition leader seemed “more interested in bringing alien culture into Naga society.”
On Tokheho’s allegations over aspects of the state budget, the Bureau said queries raised by him pertained to the activities of certain departments and expected those departments to issue clarifications. The people of Nagaland need to realise that Tokheho not only failed to understand budgetary documents and figures but also allegedly responsible for “killing democracy in the Nagaland Legislative Assembly” when the Congress took full advantage of the time allotted by the Speaker to attack the government but when it was the government ’s turn to reply, it staged a walk out.
The NPF said in a democracy, no matter what the opposition has to say, it should also “listen to others” and described the walk out as “irresponsible, immature and undemocratic. The NPF asked Tokheho whether such actions was a responsible leadership that Nagas want and if such was the way in which he conduct himself in the “highest pillar of democracy in the state?”
The NPF Bureau slammed Tokheho saying his utterances and language spoke volumes about his leadership qualities and therefore, concluded, it was not going to respond to his queries on the budget since “he walked out after having his say.”

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