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NPF lacks future vision, stuck in the past: Therie
Correspondent MOKOKCHUNG, MAY 5 (NPN):
Published on 6 May. 2011 12:45 AM IST
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Former finance minister and Convener of NPCC 26 Aonglenden by-election committee K. Therie has dismissed the speeches of NPF leaders at the Mokokchung rally on Thursday as lacking “a vision statement of future”.
He said instead, the NPF was trying to create issues from the past in order to denigrate Dr. SC Jamir’s achievement and ignoring that they were enjoying the fruits of Dr.Jamir and his associates who are pioneers of the state.
On the other hand, Therie expressed happiness that NPF was projecting Art.371 (A) which Dr. S.C Jamir and his associates brought about.
Addressing a press conference here at Mokokchung Thursday, Therie advised the NPF to update itself with reality and be grateful to the pioneers. He asked NPF not forget that it was Congress which had urged the government of India in 1989, to hold talks with the Naga undergrounds “without pre-condition”.
Therie reminded that it was late Rajiv Gandhi who offered talks without “pre conditions” at Dimapur Local Ground on May 19, 1991 later officially announced by then prime minister late PV Narasimharao on February 2, 1996.
He said Dr. Jamir the then chief minister officially announced the cease fire on July 25, 1997 which came into effect from August 1, 1997.
He said after effecting cease fire in Nagaland, the next NPF-led government has failed to provide security to life and property of people. He said the highest number of factional killings and clashes occurred during DAN government where precious civilian lives including over one thousand Naga youths were lost.
He said the Congress policy was consistent in matters of finding political solution by maintaining that the Naga political problem was a human problem that should be resolved through a humane approach. Neither the Congress nor individuals have obstructed efforts for settlement in all 14-year long negotiations, he said, adding, “we have rather urged the government of India for an early settlement.”
He said, solution needed wide consensus and cooperation of all stake holders and the Congress party’s policy was to have consensus for an honourable and acceptable solution, “which is inclusive and not exclusive”.
Therie said exclusive solutions were not solutions but are divisive. He also reminded the NPF about its commitment for a negotiated settlement to the “Indo-Naga political problem”.
On the statement of CM Chang at Chuchuyimlang, where the MP said the Prime Minister had assured Rio of solving the Naga issue during the tenure of the UPA, Therie said the NPF need money from the UPA to tackle its deficits in the state. He cautioned the NPF to be careful in their statements when they are supporting UPA for money.
He claimed there has been no milestone achieved worth mention by the NPF, either in politics or economy. Therie said instead, the NPF has a dubious achievement of systemizing corruption at all levels in its eight-year rule. “Few individuals have become rich with public funds. The NPF is responsible for dividing Nagaland society into fractions”.
Therie said the Congress happy to note that all senior citizens, thinkers, intellectuals and youths want a change and support Dr. S.C Jamir.
He accused DAN ministers and leaders of pouring money into Aonglenden and appealed to voters against being misled by temporary monetary gain. He said bribes would only bring misfortune “for living the God that we believe has promised that vengeance is His”.
He also appealed to the Naga National workers to refrain from involving in the state elections as working against the Congress in the state, might not go down well while negotiating with Congress-led government in Delhi. He urged patience and tolerance to bear fruit in finding solution and not confrontation”.
He said there were reports of threats to Congress workers, who were made to sign on some conditions. He said such acts will not earn sympathy of the people but rather it will have a negative impact as “politics cannot be cowed down through such acts”. Expressing apprehension of disturbance during polling, Therie however hoped it would be free and fair.

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