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Tokheho’s counter rejoinder to NPF
Published on 9 Aug. 2010 12:15 AM IST
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CLP leader Tokheho Yepthomi has described the NPF response to his statement on road show as “without substance and full of self-contradictions” as usual and the response not specific to the points raised by him.
Tokheho said that the state government’s stand that it had dispatched additional police and paramilitary forces to Pungro area much before the situation worsened exposed that it tried to impose its will on the people with “anti-people” policy and programme despite knowing the prevailing situation.
He accused the NPF-led DAN government of trying all means at its disposal to stage the road-show at Pungro town against the will of the people till the situation reached the boiling point. He said the gravity of the situation was proven by the reported assault on ADC Pungro, Murohu Chotso who miraculously escaped when the mob tried to chop him with dao and his vehicle damaged beyond repair, which was also condemned by the Nagaland Civil Services Association (NCSA).
“It (government) did not call-off the road show because it respected the people’s sentiments but because it was forced upon,” Tokheho asserted. He claimed that the people of the state were against the road-show because of the “evils associated with it.” Tokheho went on to say that the economic loss in terms of man-days lost which the government called ‘mass participation’ for preparations before and after the shows, drinking liquor of all brands, eating and merry-making during the celebration time far exceeded the gains it claimed in this two to three days extravaganza.
The CLP leader said celebrations should come only after bountiful harvest and not when the state was in the mess of a deficit that had touched 50% of planned budget.
Tokheho demanded that the NPF specify what ‘alien culture’ the national parties have been trying to impose on Naga society. He asked the NPF to specify in what aspect and respect the national parties have failed to preserve the identity of the Nagas.
He pointed out that the NPF-led DAN government was part of NDA government in the last tenure. Tokheho said the NCP and erstwhile BJP, both of which are national parties were part of the present NPF-led DAN government which was now extending unsolicited support to UPA-II government.
He said that the NPF had rechristened its nomenclature to Naga People’s party in its quest for establishing an outlook. “After all these attempts to transform itself to a national political party, it is amusing to see the NPF party trying to compose itself as the champions of Naga identity by boasting of its narrow regional identity,” Tokheho said.
The CLP leader reminded that the NPF party had alleged in its campaign trails during the last parliamentary election that Congress party was dividing the Naga undergrounds to fight among themselves and kill each other and divide over-ground NGOs. He said the NPF openly canvassed that the Congress party should be rooted out both in the state and in Delhi. However, Tokheho said when the parliamentary election result was declared on May 16, 2009, the NPF, without wasting time, forced two BJP MLAs to join its fold and air-dashed to Delhi on May 17 and extended their lone Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha MPs to support UPA government.
Regarding the opposition walk-out in the last assembly session, the CLP leader said it was a peaceful democratic protest against the failure of the DAN government. He said the opposition party had made it clear that it was walking out because various departments headed by ministers and parliamentary secretaries failed to give satisfactory answers to the starred and un-starred questions posed by it.
Tokheho said that the chief minister as the leader of the house was expected to take appropriate action against the non-performing departments headed by ministers and parliamentary secretaries and not merely rescue them by taking on their roles.
Tokheho, therefore, said Congress walk-out was issued-based and that in any case, the CLP would not like to be a part of the huge deficit without proper explanation to the people of Nagaland.
Tokheho also demanded that the NPF press media bureau come out in detail where he failed to understand “budgetary documents and figures.”
It may be mentioned the CLP leader earlier accused the NPF-led DAN government of creating “tribal feud” with its road show in Pungro town. “against the will of the people.”
He had said that “the brain child of the ‘road shows’ should be rightly called the ‘evil face’ of the NPF-led DAN government.” He had also said that the “volatile situation” in those towns caused huge loss to public properties. The NPF then described his allegations as “irresponsible and baseless.”

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