Alliance with other pol. parties will be worked out for stability: Zeliang

Correspondent KOHIMA, OCT 9 (NPN) | Publish Date: 10/9/2018 12:05:45 PM IST

NPF Legislature Party leader, T.R. Zeliang Tuesday maintained that the alliance with other political parties would be worked out for providing political stability and bringing development, and not to simply form a government.

In a House of 60, Zeliang said unfortunately one member passed away and now there were 59 legislators. And, if NPF could have four more MLAs, he said the party could stake claim to form the government. He, however, added that the party was in no hurry yet as it would not bring sustainable development. Addressing NPF Central Executive Council (CEC) meeting at the party’s central office here on Tuesday, he quipped, “Being the largest party, NPF can stake claim constitutionally to form the government.”

Zeliang alleged that political adversaries were insecure and thus trying to create a rift between him and NPF president.

He assured party leaders that he would never take any decision on any important political issue alone, without consulting the party as he could not bear the entire responsibilities alone.

Informing them that NPF legislators had on July 27 given him full authority to find out ways to form a collation government, Zeliang said he and Liezietsu would work hand in hand on this, adding that consultations would be held before taking any decisions.

Cautioning NPF MLAs to remain careful, he said their political adversaries were playing a game by claiming to have six or seven party MLAs. He said the kind of offer made to NPF MLAs and how they spurned them were all out in open. Zeliang further questioned why the Central government had not released the first instalment for MGNREGA to the State. He explained that unless utilisation certificates were submitted on time, funds would not be released on time and said Nagaland was the only State not to have received the first instalment.

On the State government properties within and outside Nagaland, Zeliang said these were given on rent at throw away prices and cited the instance of Nagaland House in Kolkata.

According to the former chief minister, the Nagaland House in Kolkata could fetch Rs 2.20 crore per month, but the State government was receiving only Rs 5 lakh per month.

Alleging that even the government properties in Nagaland were given out on cheap rents, he pointed out that Millennium Hotel (erstwhile tourist lodge) was given at a monthly rent of Rs 15,000 to Abu Metha, while the DC bungalow too was given on rent at very low rate.

He said the government did not fear anybody but their own shadows, even as he appealed to party men to have confidence on their president and not to lose hope.  

He thanked legislators and party workers for their support during the recent Assembly polls.

Meanwhile, addressing the meeting, NPF chief whip Yitachu said the PDA alliance was insecure as the coalition was not issue-based and principled. And fearing to sit in opposition bench, they accused others and manufactured lies, he added.

Yitachu said even if NPF strength got reduced by one, making it 33, party legislators still need not feel insecure as there were pending cases in Election Commission of India (ECI) on de-recognition of NDPP, while a case against NDPP Namri Nchang made the ruling party feel uncomfortable.  

According to the NPF’s chief whip, though NDPP sought four weeks for filing counter-reply to ECI on de-recognition, it failed to do so and now the petitioner had on October 6 urged the commission to list the petition for hearing on “any day”.

Pointing out that Zeliang had filed a case against NDPP MLA Namri Nchang, he said Namri had failed to appear on two hearings and presented himself only during the third hearing and sought three-month time. But, after the three months had elapsed, Namri again sought another three months, he added.

Yitachu said both the matters were nearing logical conclusion and that PDA’s sense of insecurity had only increased as it feared de-recognition by ECI. And, if it lost the case, not only would it be disqualified, even Independent MLA would not be spared, he asserted.

He underlined that even though NPF had 26 members, the party was in no hurry to form the government.

Yitachu said even if NDPP accused its alliance partners of meeting NPF, it too was in touch with the party and trying to stitch an alliance, adding that things would be clear very soon.

Also speaking on the occasion, NPF legislator Vikheho Swu said during the four-year rule of Zeliang as chief minister, many unnecessary issues were deliberately raised. But even after being the largest opposition party, NPF did not disturb the PDA government, he pointed out.

Swu appealed to the party workers to work despite being in opposition and asserted that NPF would storm back to power sooner or later and urged them not to commit mistakes while in opposition. 

NPF working president Morung Makunga also spoke at the meeting.

Earlier, Liezietsu administered oath of allegiance to the newly-inducted CEC members. The programme was chaired by secretary general and Rajya Sabha member KG Kenye.


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