Letter-gate: NPF, NPCC demand removal of govt

DIMAPUR, JUL 6 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/6/2020 1:27:09 PM IST

PDA govt has no moral right to continue, says NPF 

Reacting to NDPP’s defence of the government reply to RN Ravi’s letter to chief minister Neiphiu Rio, opposition NPF has reiterated that the PDA government has no moral right to continue and therefore, should resign for failure on all fronts. 

NPF in a communiqué also clarified that there was no question of souring of relationship between the governor and State government as it was already a foregone conclusion that Raj Bhavan did not trust the ruling PDA because there was no semblance of governance.

NPF said even the general public has no hope and confidence whatsoever on the PDA government. 

NPF said that the PDA government, in its reply to the Governor, mostly mentioned about the August 3, 2015 Framework Agreement and conclusion of the political talk on October 31, 2019. NPF said that this was also picked up by NDPP in their statement, by claiming to be the champion of the two important events on the Naga political issue. 

NPF demanded to know as to what were their contribution on these two important political events? 

It pointed out that the Framework Agreement of August 3, 2015 was signed during the NPF-led DAN government. It further reminded that an NPF delegation comprising the party’s legislative wing led by TR Zeliang had camped at New Delhi for almost two weeks. Further NPF said the party had kept in close touch with NSCN (I-M) and NNPGs during the last round of negotiations that successfully concluded on October 31, 2019.

NPF said it was amused as to how the PDA government and the NDPP were attempting to take shelter on these two significant political events without an iota of contribution from their end.

On thousands of complaints emanating from quarantine centres, NPF said it was hilarious that the PDA government claimed to be providing good healthcare, food and accommodation to thousands of returnees. 

It said after mishandling the Tuensang returnees, the government had to dismantle the State Coordination Committee on COVID-19 headed by chief secretary and reconstitute it with chief Neiphiu Rio and deputy chief minister Y Patton as convener and co-convenor respectively. 

However, NPF said the situation had only worsened, as the way the government had handled the Jalukie episode only proved its failure and inefficiency in tackling the pandemic.

NPCC wants Gov to ask Centre to dismiss PDA govt

 Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) has issued its counter-rejoinder to the ruling NDPP’s defence of the PDA government over ‘Letter-Gate’ in which the state Governor R.N. Ravi had pointed out the worrisome law and order situation in the state. NPCC slammed the NDPP rejoinder as having exposed their leaders led by chief minister Neiphiu Rio who has been “ruining Nagaland for the past 17 years in different political colours.”

NPCC pointed out that the “current confusion” of NDPP and its government on law and order was fully apparent especially when the state government refuted the Governor on “the precarious law and order situation” then NDPP claiming there was cordial relationship with the Governor while raking up the past and forgetting the present difficult situation. NPCC said “their hypocrisy stands fully exposed.”

NPCC also slammed NDPP’s mention of the aborted ULB elections in 2017 in reminding people about the Judicial Inquiry Commission constituted to probe into the events. NPCC said the JIC report remain suppressed for over three years despite NDPP running the government. NPCC demanded that the JIC report be made public and action taken against those responsible for the unrest, loss of lives besides destruction of public and private properties and disruption of normal life in Kohima for a month, “are too fresh in the minds of the people.” 

NPCC also said the recent Tuensang fiasco has only ended up with the state cabinet “pleading with ENLU and ENPO to forgive and forget.” This, said NPCC, was a clear indictment on “the failure of the chief minister and his coterie” who it described as running around like “headless chickens, in matters of governance, especially during the COVID-19 lockdown period.”

NPCC also accused NDPP and its ally, the BJP for their “lip service” on the Naga issue. It said during January-February 2018, despite calls for “solution before elections”, candidates of the two parties filed nominations and betrayed the people. NPCC said both NDPP and BJP then coined their phrase “Election for Solution” to fool the people and despite more than two years, they continue to shift the “goalpost for Naga political solution” with no solution in sight. 

NPCC said since the PDA coalition has become the biggest obstacle to final agreement, Ravi who is also the Interlocutor for Naga talks “must prevail upon the Central government to remove the state government” that was sailing on two boats by attempting to escape responsibility in maintaining law & order situation and delivering good governance.”


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