NDPP warns legal action against Therie, NPF

DIMAPUR, APR 8 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/8/2019 12:19:14 PM IST

Reacting to statements by opposition that the fake documents/letters were doctored, NDPP has threatened legal action against NPF and NPCC president K Therie, if they did not substantiate their allegations with proof.

In a communiqué, the ruling party likened the allegations to “slander” and “libel” as it these tarnished the image of two of the most prominent public leaders of the State – chief minister Neiphiu Rio and its president Chingwang Konyak. 

NDPP also termed it as “nothing but wild fantasy” the allegations by NPF that the seven NPF legislator were lured when they (MLAs ) declared their support for PDA on their own accord since they disagreed with the principle and stand of their party in not fielding a candidate for the Parliamentary election.

NDPP advised the opposition party to first retrospect and change its system of politics before levelling “false and defaming” statements otherwise, NPF may further “lose more than what they have already lost”. 

The fact that NPF candidate for the 26 Aonglenden by-election withdrew his candidature also only proved the disillusionment within NPF party rank and file on the policies and ideologies of their leaders, it added. Further, denying the accusations that it had “doctored” the documents, NDPP regretted that despite having publicly denounced the letters circulating in various social media platforms and filing FIR, NPF and NPCC president accused it of doctoring the documents. 

NDPP said it was “baffled” by these accusations and wondered about the wisdom of the opposition in arriving at such an “illogical conclusion” since no sane person or organisation which was guilty or a crime, would demand an investigation by filing a complaint. 

 NDPP said the accusations only displayed the state of mind of the opposition parties and their leaders as they were bereft of any politics or ideologies. Since the matter was now under investigation, NDPP expressed confidence that truth will ultimately prevail

Terming the allegation by the opposition parties and their leaders that the forged documents were deliberately circulated by NDPP in order to lure the two NPP and seven NPF MLAs as nothing short of insanity, the ruling party asserted that its leaders were not children but seasoned politicians who would never resort to such “childish and amateur politics” unlike the opposition party leaders who changed their political colours and identity like seasons of the year. 

It said NPF should be the last one accusing anyone of having a trust deficit when the whole world knows why and how the numerous political upheavals took place in the last four years during the DAN regime. 

“Perhaps leaders of the opposition parties, especially leader of opposition and NPCC president, have forgotten the sacrifices made for them by chief minister Neiphiu Rio when they were down and out. Their memories may be short, but the people’s memories are not. It will only be courteous of them to not blindly blame and accuse someone who has stood by them in many of their dark days without concrete proof and evidence,” the communiqué suggested.

The ruling party also poked fun at NPF and Therie by stating that they seemed to have suddenly become “graphologist” and experts at deciphering handwritings and signatures as they alleged that the forged signatures on the fake documents belonged to Rio and Konyak. 

Referring to NPF’s decision to support Congress candidate for the State’s lone Lok Sabha seat, the ruling party said it was difficult to comprehend the logic behind a party with 26 elected representatives supporting a candidate from a party that does not have a single representative in the State Legislature. 

Also referring to the clarification by NPF president Dr Shurhozelie Liezietsu at a party meeting at Kohima on March 30 that there was no alliance with Congress and that there won’t be any in the future and that the regional party was supporting the Congress candidate only in the current election as a one-time affair, the ruling party said it made a mockery of party supporters and functionaries, leave alone the public, as the arrangement was “bereft of politics or ideology”.

The ruling party asked all right thinking citizens to question NPF as to how it intended to carry the voice of the people to Parliament with this arrangement if at all the Congress candidate was elected. 

NDPP said it was also shocked at the statement made by the NPCC president in Dimapur whereby he had stated that “if the Congress forms the government with the help of the coalition, then non-Nagas will be able to enter the Municipal or Assembly either by election or as nominees”. It said this has exposed the double standards of Congress and the coalition as the statement itself refutes their stand that the Congress and NPF are coming together to fight a common cause – Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB). 

Asking both Congress and NPF to clarify as to how they are going to let non-Nagas contest or be nominated either to the Nagaland Legislative Assembly or to the municipal councils, NDPP said this proves that Congress’ agenda is to take away rights and privileges of the Nagas and give these to others, thus going against the very sentiment of Naga people. 

It said the opposition party now has no right to speak against CAB or question the stand of the PDA government when it had publicly declared its willingness to sell rights of the Nagas for the benefit of garnering votes. 

NDPP asserted never to resort to such populist politics that will affect the rights and privileges of “our people”.

Meanwhile, mentioning that it was confident of PDA candidates’ victories in the Parliamentary election and in the by-election with huge margins, NDPP appealed to the people to remain steadfast in their support to the PDA candidates and cast their valuable votes for Tokheho Yepthomi and Sharingain Longkumer respectively. 

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