NDPP blasts NPF about shying away from issues

DIMAPUR, OC 17 (NPN) | Publish Date: 10/17/2019 12:12:29 PM IST

Ruling Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) has accused opposition NPF of raking up the issue of proposed CAB 2016 issue, which has already been discussed threadbare amongst all sections of society including the apex platform of the people and the Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA), and reminded that a series of resolutions rejecting the CAB have already been passed but lamented these were abstained by the opposition NPF “for reasons best known to them.”

NDPP in a press statement issued by its media & communication committee (M&CC) advised the NPF that instead of trying to shield its past mistakes by pointing fingers at the chief minister and the PDA government, the opposition should acknowledge their shortcomings and apologise to the people for betraying their confidence by choosing to boycott important discussions, debates and resolutions of apex tribal Hohos, CSOs and the state government.

Terming such as “unbecoming and uncalled for” NDPP said the NPF after “purposely” boycotting these important meetings was today trying to put blame on the chief minister and the PDA government.

NDPP urged the NPF to desist from jumping the gun and criticizing the present chief minister on the issue and instead bring forth positive suggestions as to how best the state could safeguard the interests of the Naga people.

Agreeing that the CAB was tabled in July 2016 in the Lok Sabha then referred to a Joint Parliamentary Committee the next month, NDPP, however, asserted that the then state government under current opposition NPF leader did not raise “even a whisper of opposition”, nor did the then cabinet mention it even in passing, unlike the present PDA cabinet under chief minister Neiphiu Rio, which had discussed the issue threadbare four times in a short period of time. “This fact cannot be denied by anyone!” NDPP added.

Further, NDPP also said that rather than attributing all its political misfortunes and its ineptness to the then MP Lok Sabha and present chief minister, NPF should “accept the grim reality” that in the absence of Neiphiu Rio from state politics there was a vacuum of capable, charismatic and efficient leadership in the State. “This is also a fact that cannot be denied!” NDPP further added.

Further the M&CC added that right from the beginning, the NDPP-led PDA was firm that Article 371(A) and the strict implementation of the ILP regime would protect the people of Nagaland from the proposed CAB. However, it said the ruling PDA government had taken into consideration, apprehensions of the people and civil societies on various occasions with the central leaders. 

NDPP said it was grateful that the central leadership took its suggestions into consideration and acted positively. 

Further, NDPP affirmed that PDA government continue to maintain the stand, that Nagaland remained protected by Article 371(A), the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation (BEFR) 1873 and the ILP regime in relation to the proposed CAB 2016 or any such Acts of parliament that were detrimental to the rights and privileges of the people of Nagaland.

On NPF accusing the PDA government of shying away from its responsibilities both inside and outside the assembly, NDPP asserted that it was NPF MLAs who staged two walk outs during question hour of the third sitting of the 13th NLA. 

NDPP, therefore, hit back at NPF asking who was “actually shying away from their responsibilities” when the opposition party behaves in such “an immature manner inside the people’s house”?.

NDPP advised NPF to refrain from taking the high moral ground and not to teach PDA government what was good governance and what development entailed. 

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