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NPF demands debate over CAB in NLA

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 2/15/2019 12:21:54 PM IST

NPF has dismissed the accusations levelled against it by NDPP on the issue of inclusion of Dimapur in ILP regime, besides demanding a debate in Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) over Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), rather than “resorting to cheap rhetoric”.

In a rejoinder, the opposition party termed the allegation against NPF Legislature Party chief TR Zeliang as “absurd, immature and childlike”.
NPF asked NDPP as to who had served a full five-year-term as State home minister before becoming chief minister of the State for 11 years. It said Neiphiu Rio had reigned for a longer period of time than Zeliang, who was chief minister for a mere three-and-a-half years amidst “endless turmoil” allegedly created by Rio for wanting to stay relevant in State politics. 
The opposition party reminded the ruling party of the adage “Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones.” 
On NPF’s allegation that Rio was “directed” to remain silent by his party on CAB when he was Lok Sabha member, the opposition party asked him who in NPF had given him such a directive. And rather than spewing more lies and beating around the bush while trying to wriggle out of the mess which Rio had created in handling CAB, NPF said it would do him and his party good to apologise for the “short-sightedness” and putting the existence of the indigenous Nagas on sale just so that he could cling on to his chair.
The opposition party also termed NDPP’s claim of being “consistent” in its stand vis-à-vis CAB as the greatest joke that any political party could come up with. It referred to the cabinet decisions of June 5, 2018, January 7 and 18, 2019 and finally the U-turn to oppose CAB on January 28 due to the fear of getting alienated from other North-eastern political parties to point out how inconsistent had been the ruling party’s stand on the issue. 
NPF further termed the charges levelled against it by NDPP for not attending the consultative meet on January 31 as preposterous when it claimed to have already made it clear that a consultative meet after all the decisions were unilaterally and arbitrarily taken by the State cabinet was nothing more than an attempt to save face.
Suggesting a crash course in functioning of Parliament for the NDPP MP, the opposition party said to claim that important issues like CAB and matters relating to Nagaland were not listed initially was the “pinnacle of baloney”.  
Pointing out that business list for a particular day was prepared and circulated one day ahead, NPF said to expect to see the business list of January 8 on January 2 or 3 was either sheer stupidity or yet another attempt to fool the Nagas, “which again is no surprise as the NDPP leadership has time and again cooked up stories taking the Nagas for granted”.
Mentioning that it was unable to comprehend the excitement that NDPP derived from knowing that Lok Sabha member Tokheho Yepthomi representing the party absconded from Parliament when his presence was most needed, NPF added that his absence on January 8 when CAB was passed in the Lower House should be considered a black day for the Nagas for the ruling party could not muster courage and put the interest of Nagas before its own selfish needs. It appealed to NDPP to be slightly sensible in its dealings on issues that affected every Naga.
On NDPP’s charge that the NPF was trying to dilute special provisions under Article 371(A), the opposition party clarified that, being the oldest regional party, it had always put the interest and well-being of Nagas ahead of everything and would continue so. At the same time, it said it was not as myopic as NDPP and treaded on important subjects with caution so that the interest and future of Nagas were not jeopardised. 
“And that is how we have conducted ourselves over CAB, unlike NDPP that was ever ready to do anything, to the extent of selling out the rights of Nagas for the sake of continuing in power,” the party added.
 

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