JD(U) reacts to merger claims; Kaito clarifies

DIMAPUR, JUN 25 (NPN) | Publish Date: 6/25/2019 11:55:10 AM IST

 Not surprised at defection: State JD (U)

Reacting to G Kaito Aye and some of its members joining NDPP, Janata Dal (United) Nagaland unit has clarified that it was not at all surprised as the development was on expected lines. Alleging that the members were “swayed and lured by temporary materialistic gains”, JD (U) further accused Aye of never having his heart and soul with the party on whose ticket he was elected. 
In a communiqué by its president Senchumo NSN Lotha and general secretary Kitoho S Rotokha, the party alleged that Aye was trying to defect to BJP by meeting the latter’s general secretary in charge of Northeast Madhav twice with a request to defect to BJP. 
And though Aye expected BJP to welcome him with an open arm, JD (U) said Madhav had “judiciously” refused by asking Aye to respect the principles of alliance and not to displease party’s national president and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, who is a very important partner of NDA. 
After this shocking failure of having unable to overcome the political maturity of BJP, he began to brew an anti-party elements within JD (U) by going against Kumar’s stand on the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB). He went further by trying to undermine both the party’s president and general secretary as both these top functionaries refused to toe his line of thinking regarding the CAB, the communiqué alleged.
JD (U) alleged that Aye had even stated in one of the PDA meetings that the statement of his party’s president and general secretary on CAB was wrong and that he had reprimanded them accordingly. And unable to manipulate the party’s top functionaries who clearly told him that they would firmly stand by the leadership of Kumar and party principles, JD (U) said he began working with “small fries” of the party who were “vulnerable” because they had no commitments and would rather go for even a petty materialistic gain. No wonder, he could easily carry them off with his unscrupulous tactics, it added.
According to JD (U), the height of Aye’s “opportunistic” ambition was finally shattered when the party under the dynamic leadership of Kumar refused to accept the symbolic representation offered by BJP in the NDA and decided to give outside support to the ruling coalition. Aye was hoping that JD (U) would be getting ministerial berths with plum portfolios in the NDA government so that he could get financial benefits from the Centre. But on learning the development, he was so disheartened that he finally decided to leave the party for “greener pastures”, the communiqué added.
Claiming to have felt relieved at the cleaning of garbage that was stinking and destroying its “good odour”, JD(U) said whatever allegations that were levelled against it or its top functionaries did not find merit and was not befitting to be responded as “opportunists and power mongers would always find a hole to perforate their fingers and throw dirt at others”. 
In the true spirit of love your enemies, the JD (U) said it only wished them well in their newfound relationship. 
Nevertheless, the party announced that it would remain firm and steadfastly work to achieve its functioning motto of getting Nagaland rid of 3Cs – crime, corruption and communalism – under the “sagacious leadership” of Nitish Kumar.
Joined NDPP in people’s interest: Kaito
Agriculture minister G Kaito Aye has clarified that he had joined NDPP in the interest of the people of Nagaland vis-à-vis the Naga peace process. In a statement, the former senior JD (U) leader explained that in pursuant to the arrangement reached between chief minister Neiphiu Rio and NDPP president Chingwang Konyak, and former JD (U) candidates and a section of JD (U) State executive members, they had joined the ruling party keeping in mind the interest of the people, their sustenance and overall development.
He said he was grateful to God for His blessings, while also extending his appreciation to the people of his constituency for reposing their faith on him once again.
Pointing out that this was his sixth term as legislator and that being one of the senior leaders in the State, Aye reasoned that his responsibilities went far beyond just the welfare of the people of his constituency. He said he owed a responsibility to the people of Nagaland in ensuring a stable and progressive government, a government that could ensure peace and prosperity that came with stability. 
Through his previous experiences as home minister and political affairs minister with regard to the Naga political issue, Aye said he had come to realise that there was no other option but for Nagas to come together and make a unified stand on the issues they were faced with.
He assured the people of Nagaland of working tirelessly for Naga unity and peace by taking all stakeholders on board with a more holistic approach. He also hoped to play a more valuable role with his long years of experience as an elected representative of the people. 
The agriculture minister clarified that the decision to join NDPP was selfless and not out of any political compulsion. Hence there is no cause for panic or disgruntlement, he emphasised.
“I reassure the Progressive Democratic Alliance partners that this decision is but to strengthen the incumbent government under the leadership of chief minister Neiphiu Rio and work together for Naga unity,” he added. 
Aye said any unintended statement in previous press communiqués could be overlooked and that this should not be considered otherwise. 

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