NPF hits back at NDPP’s ‘blatant child-like statement’

DIMAPUR, JUN 14 (NPN) | Publish Date: 6/14/2019 11:27:22 AM IST

Naga People’s Front (NPF) Friday hit back at the ruling Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP), for its “blatant child-like statement” in attacking the oldest regional political party of the region.

In a terse rejoinder through its Press Bureau, NPF reminded NDPP that it had no business or rights whatsoever to interfere in internal affairs of another party. 

Accusing NDPP of following its each and every move and utterances, NPF said this showed the insecurity and nervousness of NDPP even though it had somehow managed to stitch up a loose coalition to run the affairs of the State, the rejoinder added.

However, NPF asserted that it would play a constructive role as an opposition and advised NDPP not to interfere with its internal affairs, and be sincere in bringing development to the people while being at the helms of affair.

The opposition party said since many leaders of the ruling party were its products, the latter should know how NPF functioned with transparency, adding party president Dr. Shürhozelie Liezietsu’s statement during the CEC meeting reflected its way of functioning and that it did not function unofficially but collectively took decisions as deemed fit in the interest of the people.

Unlike NDPP, NPF said it believed and practised inner party democracy, while reminding the ruling that it was its prerogative to take any decision. The party further made its stand clear that during the last Parliamentary election, it supported Congress candidate on the basis of a one-time arrangement, adding it was only a “political expediency”.

Clarifying that it had no interest to interfere in the internal affairs of NDPP, NPF said public was the best judge, particularly on issues like the so-called leaked (fake) document addressed to Congress president Rahul Gandhi that endorsed the ruling party’s support in the event of Congress coming to power at the Centre. The general masses were bright enough see through as the issue was already in the public domain.

On the Naga integration issue, NPF asserted that it had time again reiterated that it was the birthright of Naga people and that it would never compromise on the issue and continue to pursue the integration of Naga ancestral areas.

However, it said the Naga people were shocked in April last year when chief minister Neiphiu Rio told media at New Delhi that integration was not possible. Therefore, the attempt by NDPP to defend its leader by shifting the blame to then Union home minister Rajnath Singh would be a futile exercise, it added.

Further, the opposition party advised NDPP to seriously ponder over the recent Parliamentary election result as it was for the first time in the history of Nagaland that a ruling party’s candidate won by a margin of just 16,000 votes. It was a clear message for NDPP that the general masses were not with them, the party added.

Finally, NPF advised the NDPP-led PDA government to be committed to its promises and carry forward the welfare of the State so that it could progress.


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