Shocked by MP Tokheho’s claim: NPF

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 2/13/2019 12:03:48 PM IST

Opposition NPF has expressed its deep shock at the statement by State’s lone Lok Sabha member from NDPP Tokheho Yepthomi to the media that he was absent on the most crucial day when the fate of the entire Naga indigenous people was gambled with and placed in “perilous circumstances” in Parliament on January 8.
Reacting to the MP’s claim that he was not only absent on the voting day over Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), but was attending one district DISHA programme at Zunheboto, the opposition party demanded to know how a responsible leader like him could have acted so irresponsibly as to abstain from voting on such an important issue that pertained to the future of Nagas.
Rebutting Tokheho’s statement that he would never betray the trust of people intentionally, NPF in a rejoinder reminded him that Nagas had elected him to represent “our people” in the Lower House of Parliament, and not to “loiter around in the State”.
The party said if at all he was concerned about the future of Naga people, he should not have shied away on the most crucial day when CAB was being passed in Lok Sabha. It pointed out that he should have been present on the spot to oppose the Bill “tooth and nail” and put up a good fight for the rights and future of Nagas.
“Yet, the MP’s intentional escaping on the red-letter day clearly depicts nothing less than a strategy to ignore the welfare of Naga people, and playing absenteeism game is just a lame excuse to fool the people further,” the rejoinder alleged.
Demanding to know how a member of Lok Sabha who represented entire Naga populace could fail to be on the front for his people in the most trying times, NPF said absenteeism as an excuse to escape from responsibility was ridiculous and devoid of any human value.
It asked the MP, if he was aware and opposed to the contentious Bill that would affect his people back home, why he did not demand in Parliament to exempt Nagaland from the Bill, adding why he was not present to vote against the Bill was a question whose answer was best known to him.
NPF said it was astounded at the way Tokheho had bragged about his absenteeism in Parliament on a day CAB was put up for voting, adding that forsaking his duty and admitting his dereliction of duty with so much pride and show was nothing but a despicable act.
The opposition party pointed out that the MP was expected to brief and consult the people on listing of the controversial Bill and present in Parliament to vociferously oppose its passage, but regretted that he had miserably failed to do so. However, one could not rule out the “secret hidden agenda” of the MP and his party, it added.
NPF said the “stony silence” of Tokheho over a prolonged period of time and coming out only after maximum damage had been done was very unbecoming of him a leader.
It asked, “Is Tokheho so ignorant of the disastrous Bill like his predecessor and present PDA chief Neiphiu Rio when the Bill was introduced in the House in 2016? Or is Tokheho merely in Parliament as a complementary gift from Rio to compensate his loss in the last Assembly election? After wilfully betraying the Nagas by failing to turn up in Parliament on the voting day, how can Tokheho be expected to justify his actions or expect others to believe him?”
The party also demanded to know from Tokheho what other issue could be more important or serious in nature than CAB that sought to threaten the very existence of indigenous people, “our identity and our right” and refrain from attending the Parliament on January 8 and whether he was elected to address the grievances of the State to which he represented or to follow his master’s command.
The party asserted that no amount of justification could undo the damage done already.
Referring to Tokheho denial that he had voted in favour of CAB because he was absent the day voting took place, NPF reminded him that the PDA government had on three occasions declared and assured the central BJP leadership that it would not oppose the Bill with three consecutive cabinet decisions. Hence, a simple mathematical calculation was enough to detect its connivance to make it sound like the absenteeism did not tantamount to supporting the Bill, whereas his vote was already counted as “in favour”, the party pointed out.
The opposition party asserted that the MP had lost all his moral right to represent the Naga people and the State, especially based on his “poor performance and hypocritical role with the intention to sell out the future of Nagas to our adversaries”.

Kenye would vote against CAB: NPF
Reacting to reports in a section of electronic and social media platforms that State’s lone Rajya Sabha member KG Kenye would abstain from voting on the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in Rajya Sabha, NPF has clarified that, in the event of the BJP-led NDA government pushing ahead CAB in the Upper House, Kenye would vote against the Bill.
In a statement, NPF claimed that a resolution to this effect was adopted by its Central Executive Council (CEC) in a meeting held on January 31 at its central office.
The party also claimed that Kenye, along with other Rajya Sabha members from the Northeast, had issued an appeal to their colleagues on February 11 to vote against the Bill, which showed where it stood on CAB.
Therefore, he would be physically present in Rajya Sabha to oppose “tooth and nail” and vote against the Bill as and when it was introduced, NPF spokesperson Achumbemo Kikon asserted.

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