Own undoing

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 8/26/2020 1:08:04 PM IST

 There could be as many factors that had led the opposition Naga People’s Front(NPF) to take the extreme step of boycotting the one-day 6th session of the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly and also to withdraw membership from the Joint Legislators’ Forum(JLF) on Naga political issue. The NPF boycotted the one-day session on the ground that the ruling party refused to extend the session to three days even after the Governor wrote to the Speaker over the matter. NPF also withdrew membership from the JLF as there was a “trust deficit” between opposition and the ruling party. NPF alleged that several of its suggestions in the JLF were ignored by the ruling party leaders and also of ruling party leaders not keeping the opposition in the JLF informed about outcome of meetings held with central leaders. It may also be pointed out that the NPF is fighting the ruling party in the court over the disqualification of seven of its rebel MLAs who had backed the ruling party candidate in the 2019 Lok Sabha election. For the NPF the fight is not only within the hallowed portals of the house but the court as well as for public perception. NPF has used the ruling party’s brush with the Governor over the June 16 ‘confidential’ letter to the chief minister highlighting the issue of failure to effect law and order; blaming the Governor for having to issue the ‘self-declaration’ memo and the Governor’s independence day message lamenting on the loss of momentum in the pace of development, as ammunition. As the saying ‘alls fair in war and politics’; quite understandably, the NPF has upped the ante over these issues. The ruling PDA’s relations with the Governor cannot, by any stretch of imagination, be called cordial, especially when the Governor minced no words against the abject failure of his government on governance. The defence of the government against the Governor’s letter has, neither been imaginative nor convincing. In what appeared to be a desperate attempt , the government ‘deployed’ the state police to defend its track record since 2015. The police defended the government by firing with figures but which missed the target. Figures tell facts but not the truth. If most cases are suo moto then there is definitely more to it than meets the eye. The government also went public with the ‘self-declaration’ issue which expectedly sparked outrage from some sections. The ruling PDA appears to be moving from one crisis to another with the most recent being its petition to the Supreme Court seeking curtailment or removal of the present Lokayukta Jutice(Retd)Uma Nath Singh. As per the petition, the Lokayukta had been making ”unjust and arbitrary demands” on the state government. NPF leader Imkong L.Imchen , said the reasons cited by the government were “too small” to warrant curtailment of power or removal of the Lokayukta. Why the ruling coalition literally opened up the Pandora box is not understood but in doing so, it only made the opposition take the high moral ground. Whether the ruling coalition used these issues as red herring is another matter but perhaps it fell for its own brand of rhetorical politics to become its own worst enemy, whereas some wiser counsel could have led to better handling of the issues.

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