NDPP terms Dr. Shürho’s statement as self-defeat

DIMAPUR, JUN 13 (NPN) | Publish Date: 6/13/2019 12:01:27 PM IST

Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) has termed Naga People’s Front (NPF) president Dr Shürhozelie Liezietsu’s statement that being in the opposition was not everyone’s cup of tea and his nod to party legislators to work out strategies to bring about a change in the government as nothing short of “self-defeat”.

Mentioning that the statement reflecting the frustration and desperation within NPF had come as no surprise, NDPP in a communiqué asserted that it was an insult not only to party’s own rank and file but also to the electorate who had reposed their trust on the party’s legislators.

Recalling that it had cautioned Congress and its president to be wary of the “alliance of convenience” that the party had entered into with NPF during the just-concluded Lok Sabha election, the ruling party explained that it had come as no surprise that Shürhozelie today was attributing the defeat of Congress candidate KL Chishi to the “negative approach” of Congress leaders. Referring to NPF president’s remarks that the alliance was a “bad bargain” and his other similar comments, NDPP said Shürhozelie’s very act of throwing away all principles of the regional party by aligning with Congress, so as to try and garner some brownie points with Congress leaders at the Centre in the eventuality of the latter forming the government, could only be taken as treachery and a betrayal of the trust that was reposed on his party by the Congress leadership. 

“Today, just because Congress was unable to get the numbers in Lok Sabha, does the president of NPF have any moral authority whatsoever to denounce the Congress and its leadership in the State?” the ruling party asked.

Admitting that Congress and NPF were both its political rivals, NDPP however said that as a “mature responsible” party, it condemned the statement of NPF and its president as it had taken politics to such a point that it should have no moral authority in calling itself a political party.

NDPP also expressed shock that despite numerous clarifications in the past, leader of opposition (LoP) TR Zeliang had once again referred to media reports of April 2018 that quoted chief minister Neiphiu Rio as saying that integration of Naga-inhabited areas was not possible.  Stating that it had been clarified several times both by chief minister’s office and NDPP that Rio had only said what was conveyed to him and his delegation when they met then Union home minister Rajnath Singh and that this was not his statement, the ruling party said it was unfathomable as to why Zeliang found it so difficult to understand this. “Perhaps his lack of understanding has to do with his false degree,” the ruling party remarked mockingly. 

The communiqué reiterated NDPP-led PDA government’s support for integration of all Naga-inhabited areas. Asserting that the ruling coalition fully supported the Assembly resolutions adopted in this regard, the communiqué added that its stand was made very clear in public time and again and it would not compromise its stand. 

The ruling party assured the people of Nagaland that with the installation of the new government at New Delhi under the leadership of Narendra Modi, it would continue to tirelessly pursue for a final settlement of the Naga issue at the earliest.

On LoP’s comment on the narrow victory margin for the ruling coalition’s joint candidate in the recent election for the State’s lone Lok Sabha seat and terming it as an “achievement” in comparison with previous election where the victory margin was over one lakh votes, NDPP said it was confused whether Zeliang’s statement was something that NPF could be proud of since these statistics proved that people have rejected the party. It added that the margins of defeat in the two elections had also proved that the people preferred Congress, which did not have a single MLA in the Assembly, over NPF. 

Asserting that the people had once again reposed their confidence on the NDPP-led PDA alliance by electing its candidate to Lok Sabha and in the Aonglenden by-election, the ruling party said it was committed to fulfilling its promises made to the people and would show its gratitude by bringing about all-round development in the State.


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