NPF urges citizens to remain alert against influx

DIMAPUR, AUG 3 (NPN): | Publish Date: 8/3/2018 11:56:23 PM IST

 NPF has resolved to oppose the proposed Citizenship Amendment Act in its present form, even as it urged the citizens of Nagaland to remain alert as many illegal immigrants could enter Nagaland in view of the publication of National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam. The party also requested the State government to gear up all its machineries to prevent and check illegal immigrants from neighbouring States.

In an another resolution adopted at a consultative meeting of NPF Central office-bearers and NPF legislators of Nagaland and Manipur held at the party office in Kohima, the opposition party welcomed the report of Parliamentary Standing Committee for early solution of the Naga political issue. It, however, felt that the report in its present form, as reported in the media, did not touch the core issues and hence it might have to take a relook at the report. 

Further, the party urged Government of India (GOI) and Naga National Workers to expedite the ongoing peace talks and bring it to a logical conclusion. It also appealed to all other Naga National Groups who have not joined the peace process to reconsider their decisions in the interest of Naga people.

Reiterating its stand on integration of all contiguous Naga areas as enshrined in the party’s constitution, NPF appealed to the neighbouring States to be rational on their approach on the Naga political issue.

By another resolution, the party resolved to stand firm under the leadership of its president Dr Shürhozelie Liezietsu and NPF Legislature Party leader TR Zeliang. Further, the House endorsed the president and NPF Legislature Party leader to take any final decision in the event of new political re-alignment with other political parties, particularly in Nagaland and Manipur.

The meeting further expressed discontentment over the functioning of the present PDA government. It observed that the government had failed on all fronts as it had not kept its promises made to the people during the past 147 days of governance. The meeting also conveyed its deepest condolences to the families affected by the landslides in many parts of the State due to incessant rains.

While sympathising with the people for the hardships faced by them, NPF urged the government to ensure that normal activities of the citizens were not affected by any means, besides restore the roads at the earliest. The resolutions were passed under the supervision of the five-member resolutions committee headed by NPF spokesperson Achumbemo Kikon as convener. Other members of the committee included MLAs Y Vikheho Swu, Toyang Chang, Moatoshi Longkumer and N Thongwang Konyak.

Zeliang slams PDA govt

Addressing the meeting, leader of opposition TR Zeliang took the opportunity to hit out at the PDA government headed chief minister, Neiphiu Rio, accusing the PDA government of ignoring the Naga people despite tall claims and promises.

On Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016, Zeliang said the PDA cabinet decided not to oppose the Bill or interfere in national policies and oppose only when the proposed amendment goes against the interest of the Nagas.

He wondered whether PDA government will realize that the proposed amendment went against the interest of the Nagas only after the Bill is passed or will the government oppose the bill at the time of implementing the said Act?

Zeliang said PDA government must rectify its Cabinet decision at the earliest or spell out the grounds on which it had decided not to oppose the said Bill.

On Naga integration issue, he said when chief minister himself, who represents the people of Nagaland, had publicly announced that integration was not possible, “what was left for the Interlocutor and the NPGs for further Negotiations(s)? Is it not a hindrance created to the Naga negotiators who represent the Nagas?”

On National Registration of Citizens, Zeliang said he had come out with positive suggestions for the government to take precautionary measures. However, Zeliang said it was shocking on the part of NDPP Youth Wing to him in a personalised attack.

De-registration of the NDPP: Zeliang said NPF party was not a Petitioner to the ongoing case. He said when ECI had asked the office records of the party’s membership, NPF was duty bound to check and furnish a reply. However, Zeliang said NDPP accused NPF party without understanding the basis of such requirements. 

On deficit figure 2013-14 & 14-15: T.R. Zeliang accused that the PDA government, instead of bringing funds from Delhi for development, was busy diverting sanctioned projects to meet its own interest. Despite assuring to repair the roads of all district Hqs in 60 days, he said there was nothing on the ground, while also fund allocation district-wise has not been disclosed till date.

He alleged that the PDA government refused to furnish the figure of deficit against 2013-14 & 2014-15 till date despite its much-hyped slogan of good governance, transparency & accountability, etc. Zeliang said he had raised the matter during the last Assembly Session and also written to the Speaker. However, the Speaker was yet to reply, he added. In this regard, he said the NPF had filed an RTI in Finance dept and AG as well.

On the issue of AFSPA, Zeliang accused PDA government of recommending the necessity of AFSPA to continue in Nagaland. He said NPF had instead recommended for lifting the said Act from Nagaland in the interest of peace building.


NPF Manipur vows to stand by part’s principle

NPF Manipur unit president, Awangbow Newmai on Friday asserted that the party unit and the MLAs will abide by the party constitution and stick to its principle.

Addressing the NPF consultative meeting between central office bearers and NPF legislators at Central office, Kohima, Newmai said: “We are ready to abide by the party constitution and the desire of the people as best option.”

He also briefed about the parent body on the roles of NPF MLAs in the BJP-led government and ADCs in Manipur.

NPF minister of Manipur, L Dikho, who also spoke at the meeting, said NPF Manipur unit has become more proactive to work for the uplift of the Naga people. Dikho also maintained that the situation in Manipur had improved to a great extent after the NPF came into government.

He also affirmed that all the four NPF MLAs of Manipur will remain firm with the NPF parent body

On the occasion, NPF president, Dr. Shürhozelie Liezietsu administered the aath-taking of W. Morung from Manipur state as the working president (central.

It may be mentioned that all the four NPF MLAs of Manipur state and party functionaries of Manipur state attended the meeting.



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