DIMAPUR, APR 8 : Responding to repeated statements of the NPCC on the state budget, the NPF has said that even states run by Congress governments have gone ahead with full budget despite not having plan discussions with the Planning Commission of India.
NPF press bureau reminded Nillo Rengma that during the Congress regime under S. C. Jamir’s leadership, where he was also a minister, the tabling of works programme was completely done away with and that it was only after the installation of the DAN Government that the formal works programme was restored. The NPF said that the current year’s works programme would be released as assured by the government and therefore added that the NPCC’s repeated statements on the matter was “totally unnecessary.” The NPF also reminded that the Business Advisory Committee of the assembly, in which opposition members were also present, had cleared the passing of the budget. It, therefore, said that the NPCC should not make unwarranted noise just for the sake of doing it.
Stating that the floor of the elected representatives was the highest platform for voicing any concerns, the NPF said it was surprising to observe that the NPCC was making statements after statements immediately after completion of the budget session of the assembly. The press bureau said the NPCC’s statements went on to show that both the elected members of the opposition were incapable of taking the floor of the House or that the NPCC and its media cell members making the statements were unaware of what was happening and living in isolation as mentioned earlier.
The NPF clarified that neither the chief minister nor the NPF president had ever stated that the DAN was extending support to the UPA in order to get judicious funding. “This is a naked lie and responsible leaders representing national parties should not try to undermine the intellect of the people by uttering lies,” it added. The NPF said that the party maintained cordial relations with the UPA at the Centre and the judicious funding being received was because of the “excellent track record of the DAN Government and if certain people are uncomfortable with the scenario then it is nothing but open jealousy.”
The NPF alleged that the NPCC played a key role in bribing the then MP Wangyuh Konyak to vote against the party whip during the no-confidence motion after which the MP was expelled from the NPF.
The NPF said it was pleased that erstwhile members of the BJP and the NCP and even the Congress had come and
joined its party making the DAN leadership and the DAN Government stronger and more stable. “Obviously the NPCC is expected to be uncomfortable with these developments since they are losing ground every day,” the NPF said.
Reacting to statement issued by Vaprumo Demo saying that DAN was “outdated,” the NPF said that the prerogative of the nomenclature of any coalition was within itself. “He (Demo) will do well to do some self introspection of himself and his own party before deciding what is dated and what is not dated,” it added. The NPF reminded that the DAN leadership had clearly stated in the assembly that it continued to work as a coalition government under the banner of DAN because it respected the various other political parties and independent members who share solidarity and continue to extend their support to the DAN, though some political parties might not have any elected members. It was stated that the coalition spirit would be maintained and that the DAN would continue to function with an accommodative spirit. The NPF said it was looking forward to a third consecutive term in office with people support and an unblemished track record.