NPF asks NDPP to clarify on ‘adversaries’

DIMAPUR, APR 8 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/8/2019 12:24:34 PM IST

NPF, through its press bureau, has urged law enforcing agencies, including Election Commission of India (ECI), to expedite the investigation into the fake letter controversy and reveal the truth at the earliest and placed on record recent political events. 

NPF alleged that after having failed to score points over the recent fake letters and documents, the NDPP has blamed it on “adversaries”. In this regard, NPF said such insinuation could no longer be kept in suspense but that NDPP must clarify who it mean by “adversaries”?

NPF said it was indisputable that the letters bore the signatures of chief minister Neiphiu Rio and NDPP president Chingwang Konyak adding that either these were “genuine and were leaked or otherwise,” as they included names of NPF legislators to be inducted as cabinet ministers and advisers which was to lure more NPF legislators with plump portfolios in “printed form”.

NPF said such attempts to entice NPF legislators only revealed the “deepening trust-deficit” of the NDPP with its coalition partners such as BJP, JDU and Independent despite having majority.

It said that recently, when 18 NPF MLAs wrote to the legislature party leader (T.R. Zeliang) the letter went viral on social media and NDPP was quick to air its “self righteousness” but that it was exposed when seven NPF legislators later decided to support NDPP chief minister Neiphiu Rio.

NPF said the decision by the seven party MLAs to support Rio and party candidate’s unilateral decision to withdraw from contesting the Aonglenden by-poll “were stage managed from the private residence of Neiphiu Rio at Sovima Dimapur.” It also said recent imbroglio only raises the doubt on whether the fake letter/documents could have also originated from the same place. NPF said while NDPP claimed it supports clean elections, yet such “undemocratic approaches” of NDPP exposed itself.

NPF also reminded NDPP on the need for political principles and to realise that people of Nagaland voted only for 18 NDPP members but that the act of horse trading will have to end sooner than later since commitments made through cash or kind will not impact current NPF legislators.

Instead, NPF said NDPP has jeopardised the careers of the seven MLAs after they are disqualified from the house and the NDPP will be solely responsible.

On the NDPP letter purportedly written to INC president Rahul Gandhi, NPF said it was nothing but a ploy to confuse Nagas in order to gain leverage in the upcoming Lok Sabha election.

NPF said when NDPP realised it was losing ground the insecurity led to the writing of the letter.

 NPF also raked up the issue of forgery in the bank document showing bank balance of Rs.78 crore in Hongkong Bank in Singapore and whether they were not fake letters and documents created by the same people? 

NPF said it for those ardently seeking power, anything and everything can be used to achieve that.

It said the ruling coalition lacked “political morality” and set “a very dangerous precedent for the young politicians of the State and the region”.

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