Rio slams NPF, Dr. SC Jamir

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 4/8/2019 12:30:54 PM IST

Chief Minister of Nagaland Neiphiu Rio accused the NPF of losing its credibility since it had propagated strong regionalism and was now supporting INC candidate KL Chishi instead of setting up its own candidate. He further said that the NPF had become devoid of principles and ideologies and its legislators were puzzled and confused. 

According to a press release issued by Wokha District BJP general secretary & press/media incharge, M James Tungoe, Rio was speaking at two meetings held for PDA Lok Sabha candidate, Tokheho Yepthomi, at Longsa Village Community Hall and Wokha Village Community Hall on April 7.

Speaking on the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) issue, Rio said that the Centre wanted to regularize only 3132 immigrants by passing the Bill, but unfortunately it got blown out of proportion. He stated that since Nagaland is well protected under Article 371 (A) and BEFR (ILP) 1873, it does not need to pass any resolutions. Nevertheless, Rio said the state government had rejected the CAB and will always stand by its resolution even in the future. 

He said the NPF party is good, but its leaders are visionless, directionless and so they walked out in protest during the Assembly Session when the ruling government was about to pass a resolution regarding the CAB, which shows the NPF’s cheap politics.

Also slamming Dr. SC Jamir, Rio stated that Dr. Jamir, lone surviving signatory of the 16- Point Agreement of 1960, in his old age had joined the Congress recently and started misleading the people although he knew that Article 371A was the only reason Nagaland had been formed with special status provisions for Nagas. Rio went on to add that if Dr. Jamir cannot not recollect details of the Memorandum’s drafting, he should remain silent because his days in politics are over.

Defending the BJP against allegations of communalism, the chief minister said that the BJP was in alliance with 39 parties all over the country of different castes and religions whereas the Congress has only 36. “Our state since 2003 has been in alliance with the BJP but never had once got any issue regarding religion and therefore BJP is more secularist than any party in India” Rio opined.

Deputy chief minister, Y Patton, speaking in Longsa village, urged voters to vote for Tokheho for peace and development in the State. He also assured the people that the present alliance PDA government was firm and will complete its full term. He also stated that BJP is not a communal party and has nothing to do with religion but functions like any other political party in the country. If anything bad happens to Christians in the state perpetrated by the BJP party, Patton said that he would be the first to resign.

Campaign incharge for Wokha district, advisor Mhonlumo Kikon said the PDA government has set up Tokheho as its consensus candidate for the sake of overall development of the state. Advisor Mhathung Yanthan also called upon voters from both the villages to extend their support to the PDA candidate for rapid development and progress.

The meetings were chaired by BJP Wokha president, Y Kikon and NDPP Wokha president, Yanpansao Lotha. It was attended by ex-candidate Y M Humtsoe, ex-BJP legislator Dr. TM Lotha, BJP, NDPP, JD(U) rank and file and village council leaders from both villages.

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