Post Mortem

NDPP responds to Dr. Shurhozelie

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 2/1/2019 12:32:58 PM IST

 The NDPP is constrained to issue this press release in view of several uncalled-for and immature statements made by the NPF President, Dr. Shurhozelie during the NPF CEC Meeting as also reported in the media. 

1. It is once again surprising to observe one of the senior politicians and a former chief minister of the state make statements that are unbecoming of his supposed stature. Instead of focusing on genuine issues, policies and programmes and the roadmap of his party’s role as opposition he chooses to speak against the motto and symbol of another political party at the highest forum of his party meeting. It shows that he lacks statesmanship, vision and is bereft of any constructive opposition agenda. 

2. Since he has spoken of the motto and symbol of the NDPP, the question also arises as to what is the symbol and motto of the NPF. Are the NPF motto and symbol uniquely indigenous? Isn’t the NPF motto of “fide non armies” a Latin phrase used in the “coat of arms” and also the motto of Lord Gambier used much before the NPF was even born. Likewise its symbol of cock is a universal symbol used by several organisations, institutions and even countries. For example, the cock is still the symbol of France, a country that existed centuries before the ever name changing NPF was born. Moreover the NPF flag is a reversed French flag. As per the NPF president’s philosophy, thousands and thousands of organisations and institutions including the NPF who use foreign languages like Latin, French or Greek for their motto will have to seek permission and copyright. People living in glass houses should not throw stones at others. 

3. Today the NPF President has cultivated a habit of pointing fingers at others and speaks of the PDA coalition. He seems to have forgotten recent history of his party and his own position. Wasn’t he unceremoniously removed as chief minister due to his own party members going against him? In fact, he had even failed to show up in the floor of the assembly when asked to prove his majority and was embarrassingly dismissed by the Governor. The very person who led the backstabbing and dismissal of his chief ministership today sits beside him as his leader of opposition. And likewise, he was also responsible for the removal of his party chief minister and he himself grabbed the chair despite not being an elected member of the assembly. With back stabbers against each other sharing the same bench, the NPF president would do well not to speak of the alliance or partnership of the PDA. Let us also not forget that the NPF president has called his own legislature leader “Heraka Boy”. Today he sits on the same side as his “Heraka Boy” who he had so termed in black and white for history to record.

4. Today, the NPF president has suddenly become critical of the BJP and the Central Government, however he and his party were in alliance and coalition with the BJP only yesterday. Even during his few weeks of chief ministership, he had BJP Ministers in his cabinet. Why then is he accusing the BJP today? After condemning the BJP and heavily criticising the BJP in the assembly elections, did the NPF not desperately try to befriend the BJP again in its desperation to form government? The NPF campaign against the BJP in the parliamentary elections too is still fresh in public memory but the NPF leaders still try to lure the BJP. But the BJP is a mature party running the affairs of the country and it respects the mandate of the people unlike the NPF leader.  

5. The NPF president seems to have forgotten the role of a constructive opposition in a democratic set up and seems to be focused only on regaining power which of course is unlikely to happen very soon. Any citizen including an NPF president will realise that the cock symbol party with the overturned French flag and a Latin motto while claiming to be uniquely Naga, will realise the lack of vision for the future of Nagas in the present NPF leadership. If they compare the manifestos and vision documents of the NDPP and the NPF, since the NPF president questions the vision and action plan of others, it is also questionable what are his achievements, landmark policies and programmes, new initiatives and ground breaking developmental visions during his leadership and chief ministership apart from being the most unceremoniously removed chief minister of Nagaland due to his own party rank and file. 

6. Today the NPF is led by two persons who have removed and replaced each other as chief ministers. The games they played with each other, the betrayals and connivance against each other is all still fresh and the details are all known to everybody. The Nagas people are fed up with the politics of lies and propaganda. The NDPP prefers to focus on development and progress and would want to abstain from such debate but it is the NPF president who has made unbecoming statements which needed to be clarified. 

Chingwang Konyak, President

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