Therie dares PDA to pave way for solution

DIMAPUR, NOV 1 (NPN) | Publish Date: 11/1/2019 12:21:47 PM IST

While welcoming a peaceful solution to the Naga political issue and of seeing “one administration, one law, one government and one tax” NPCC president said as solution would impact every citizen, he wanted government of India to “ensure a corruption free government post solution” in Nagaland.

Therie accused NDPP and its leadership of systemising corruption at all levels where roads were abandoned, water supply could not be given in all 15 years of its rule for Kohima, centralisation of funds by ignoring district and sub-divisions, diversion of CSS funds etc. He said in a post-election scenario, the present government will not bring change. He challenged that since the ruling party was committed to pave way for solution, it should now honour that commitment “to pave way for an interim government.” 

Turning to the NDPP rejoinder, Therie said the party was “making a mountain out of a molehill” as the JLF resolution only felicitated R.N. Ravi on being appointed as governor and the other resolution was to resolve the Naga issue without preconditions.

Hitting out at NDPP’s statement, Therie said its claim of being an active facilitator meant nothing more than “relaxing the law the protects the public from extortion and illegal taxes by over 50 organisations.”

He said NDPP had not outlined any political or economic aspirations for people and that the PDA resolution only endorsed the JLF resolution. He described the resolution as “writing between the lines to escape.”

Therie described NDPP as a “new born child-like political party in Nagaland” which neither had history nor organisation at the grass root. He said the party “came to power with corrupt money” comprising of “group of defectors” uncommitted to any ideology. He held NDPP as being responsible for vacating 20 Assembly seat to a “communal party” and also responsible for changes in the state’s demography. To make the record clear before NDPP, Therie said he had never defected in his life but only expelled for opposing the ‘Bedrock of Naga Society’ and was dropped by Neiphiu Rio for opposing the NPF’s policy on Naga issue. Therie said he was happy as he believed he stood for the people of Nagaland.

Therie reminded that most of the NDPP members were from Congress and also party to the 16 Point Agreement and Article 371A. He said if these members were questioning Congress, they were also questioning themselves. He said the former members were well aware that it was continuously opposed by Naga national workers. Even today, a section of them continue to oppose Congress but the party was non violent and did not wish a confrontation. Instead, he said Congress adopted a policy to offer talks without preconditions and that was the reason why the 16 PA and Art.371A were left almost dormant. 

Further, Therie said NDPP and its sympathisers continue to oppose 16 PA and Art.371A till October 31,2109 but after solution is in sight with Art.371A, NDPP was now championing and asking why Congress failed to fulfil them? Therie also said he was happy that NDPP, for the first time was speaking on the need to fulfil 16 PA and Art.371A. If PDA can fully implement clauses of 16PA Congress will be happier than anyone, he said, adding the issue was now in the hands of PDA and demanded it prove itself.

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