Games politicians play

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 10/19/2021 1:18:20 PM IST

 Congress has literally hit the nail on the head when it maintained that governance in Nagaland been hit for a six because the state government, since 2003, abdicated its responsibility by resorting to populist measures in holding consultations with public organizations and Civil Society groups to make decisions based on consensus arrived. The Congress hit out at the Progressive Democratic Alliance(PDA) government (comprising of NDPP, BJP and Independent) and now United Democratic Alliance(NDA) after the opposition NPF abandoned its role and position to join the ruling government. Since the NPF has capitulated to the lure for ‘all-party government’ or ‘opposition-less government’ under the pretext of securing early solution to the Naga political issue; Congress has been pitch forked to play the role of an MLA-less opposition. The Congress has been delivering punches at the government for various sins of omission and commission particularly for outsourcing decision making to various public organizations. In a lighter vein, it is hoped that the consultative meetings will also include identifying huge projects across the state, decisions on award of supply and contract works and employment instead of only political issues or administrative decisions. The latest episode that had earned the ire of the MLA-less Congress opposition was the speech purportedly made by state chief minister Neiphiu Rio during the felicitation programme for the victorious party nominee and UDA consensus who won the 58 Shamatore-Chessore by poll unopposed. In that meeting, Rio drew his attention on the government ceding to the demand of protestors against shifting of the DC’s office Dimapur to Chümoukedima. He asked who is to run the government, the mandated government or the civil societies. The Congress picked up the gauntlet from here on to hit out at the chief minister for his doublespeak. The Congress chided the chief minister for attempting to play the victim card. It squarely blamed Rio for negating the role of government in decision making, when it pampered and empowered civil society and voluntary organizations, to co-shoulder decision making at various consultative meetings. Even in the recent episode of ceding to the demand against shifting of the DC’s office from Dimapur, the government appeared to be caught in two minds and in the end, the political decision only resulted in a poor bureaucrat facing the ire of the CSOs. The problem of too many bodies jostling for space and position in raising hackles over any issue and icing demands with ultimatums, is getting out of control. The state government on the other hand, appears to feel that being “ a people’s mandated government” makes it obligatory on its part, to make decisions in tandem with CSOs to maintain “peace and unity”. Such penchant for political rhetoric and populism has replaced governance. It has been commented several times in this column, that the elected government is constitutionally duty-bound to effect good governance instead of using the Naga political issue as red herring or even as a cover up for corruption. It is time that people ensure that their elected representatives is accountable to provide good governance and ensure justice and equality instead of pulling the wool over people’s eyes with the political issue since over 15 years.

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