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Rio’s 100 days in power sans any achievement: NPF

DIMAPUR, OCT 15 (NPN) | Publish Date: 10/15/2018 12:16:14 PM IST

NPF has once again trained its guns on the PDA government led by chief minister Neiphiu Rio by accusing him of not being able to fulfil his promises and not meeting various deadlines despite setting them.

In a communiqué issued by its press bureau, the opposition party alleged that Rio-led government’s 100 days in power had passed without any major achievement and cited some of his promises to buttress its allegation.

According to NPF, the chief minister’s promise to implement a new State sports policy within 100 days had failed to see light of the day. Except for his “sugar-coated bragging before the public every now and then, the latest being at the closing function of NE Zone Inter-State Badminton Championship in Dimapur on Saturday”, nothing concrete had come out till date, it added. The opposition party also termed Rio’s intention to bring all sports associations and federations in the State under Nagaland Olympic Association, where he has been its permanent president since 2003, as a self-seeking initiative for wealth accumulation. 

“What otherwise explains the massive price escalation of cricket stadium at Sovima from Rs 25 crore to Rs 75 crore, which was executed by his kith and kin in the guise of promoting sports in the State? Even the land initially donated for construction of the stadium by Rio was later compensated at a startling value of Rs 35 per sq ft against the prevailing price of Rs 11 per sq ft in that area then. To top it all, it is learnt that more fund is being allotted for the stadium yet again,” the communiqué stated.

NPF stated that construction of Multi-Disciplinary Sports Centre (stadium) in DC Court area in Dimapur, allotted by Rio to one of his close associates and which commenced some 15 years back, remained incomplete till date. It alleged that the plan to set up a Sports University as per PDA government’s Common Minimum Programme released in May 2018 was yet another “wealth-accumulation tactic” of Rio.

Hence, instead of harping on a new Sports Policy that was “nothing short of a money-spinning policy given the past records”, the opposition party said it would do a lot of good to the people if Rio could bring to light the status of five projects amounting to Rs 31.05 crore meant for sports infrastructure development in the State. 

As the president of Nagaland Olympic Association, Rio must also tell the citizens of Nagaland how he managed to obtain Rs 3.5 crore for conducting the 1st Nagaland Olympics held at Dimapur in 2017, whose total expenses also included giving away awards and providing accommodation, food, transport, etc, to participants.

‘Tides will favour NPF after 2019’

KOHIMA: NPF MLA, Kuzholuzo (Azo) Nienu Monday claimed that the political dynamics of Nagaland would change by 2019 and the tides will be in favour NPF, whether or not BJP comes back to power at the Centre.

Azo therefore urged the party workers to remain steadfast and patient.

He was speaking at the inaugural programme of the fifteen edition of the Phek Town Inter-Colony Tournament organised by Phek Town Youth Society (PTYS) and hosted him.

Azo expressed regret that change had come to the state in a very regrettable and inappropriate way as leaders were not acting as they should be doing so. Taking at dig at the PDA government’s slogan- ‘change is coming’, Azo said PDA has given false hope to the people as developmental activities have come to a standstill, students bot being given their scholarship, no old age pension, teachers salary pending, deplorable road conditions, no effort to restore collapsing bridges connecting towns and villages etc.

Further, Azo said PDA legislators were also afraid to face questions in the recent Assembly session, where only limited questions put up by opposition MLAs were admitted.

He also lamented that every morning, one had to wake up to see the cheap paper war between leaders and parties, issuing provocative statements and targeting individually.

Azo said instead of wasting precious time criticizing one another, the government of the day must rise up above petty politics and address the more important issues confronting the present Naga generation such as the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016, debate on the Scrapping of Article 377 by the Supreme Court whereby gay sex has been legalized, rising price of essential commodities, influx of illegal immigrants, deteriorating road conditions and most importantly taking up issues of all round development of the state.

Azo on the other hand criticized the chief minister for failing to empower his MLAs by letting them take charge of departments instead of the chairmen/advisors, who have been given higher status. It is totally hilarious, self-deceiving and undermining the mandate of the public, Azo added. On PDA government’s promise to do away with ‘VIP culture’, Azo said the government has instead made a u-turn by making numerous appointments-- advisors and chairmen, burdening the state’s exchequer.

Meanwhile, Azo thanked PTYS for organizing such event to showcase young sporting talents and encouraged the players to develop a true sporting spirit and exhibit their talents for the glory of God and sports.

Special guest, NPF MLA Kezhienyi Khalo appreciated the unity of Phek town by organizing such an event. He said by doing so it will bring unity and tranquillity in the society.


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