Post Mortem

Uneasy calm within the NPF

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 1/31/2020 12:53:00 PM IST

 Galho is a traditional Angami Naga dish made up of rice, herbs and other carefully selected ingredients and, rightly prepared, makes it a delicacy which is wholesome and nourishing.

And the other day when I asked a young friend, an NPF party functionary, about the state of affairs in the NPF party, I was taken aback when told: “It is Galho, Sir, sheer Galho!” It is an open secret that all is not honky dory within the NPF party. A Grand Canyon of a chasm developed in the party in the aftermath of its November 22, 2019 General Convention when serious attempts were made to replace its President and introduce a major shake-up in the rank and file of the party. It is said that the President retained his position by the skin of his teeth, and that the dexterity with which he maneuvered the political course would have made Schumacher green with envy. Dr Shurhozelie survived, but one imagines that the nasty after-taste in his mouth would have made a drunkard waking up in the morning with a massive hangover after a heavy binge feel like he, the drunk, has just had a mouth freshener! The result of this nasty after-taste was that NPF’s Rajya Sabha MP and party’s Secretary General KG Kenye, who is considered the blue-eyed boy of Dr Shurhozelie, on the flimsy ground of voting in favour of the Citizenship Amendment Bill in the Parliament on December 11, was on January 8, 2020, unceremoniously suspended from the party. Incidentally, this same yardstick was not applied to the party’s Lok Sabha MP from Outer Manipur parliamentary constituency who had voted in favour of the Bill on, again, the flimsiest of ground that he, the Lok Sabha MP from Manipur, had, hold your laughter, “been in touch with KG Kenye”!

The reason for suspending its MP from the party is flimsy because on October 8 last, the NPF had welcomed Amit Shah’s declaration that a special clause would be incorporated in the Bill to protect the interests of the Northeastern States. This special clause, as pointed out by Kenye in his justification for supporting the Bill, is insertion of Section 6B clause 4 which reads, “Nothing in this section shall apply to the tribal area of Assam, Meghalaya or Tripura as included in the sixth schedule of the Constitution and the area covered under the Inner Line notified under the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation, 1873.”

It is a truth nationally accepted that the CAA is creating fissures in the society, the nation, political parties and political alliances. Recent bombshell by West Bengal’s BJP Vice President Chandra Kumar Bose that the nation is heading for a second Partition was shocking. He didn’t name or mention CAA, but implication of CAA and the nationwide protests against it, was glaring. We go tongue-in-cheek and involuntarily nod our heads when we juxtapose this statement with BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP Vijay Goel’s declaration that the venue of the 40-plus days anti-CAA protest at the national capital’s Shaheen Bagh “has become Shame Bagh”!

Also, BJP’s longtime-ally Shiromani Akali Dal’s demand to include Muslims for inclusion into the CAA apart from the five other religions, and its decision to stay away from the upcoming Delhi polls, is seen as a slap on the face of Amit Shah who is adamant all this while to implement CAA.

 Bihar’s Nitish Kumar opposed the Bill tooth and nail less than a year back, but ostensibly considering the political realities of the changed times, JD-U decided to support it now. However, prominent members of the party had written to the Chief Minister seeking “ideological clarity” in this regard and have been expressing their displeasure over their party’s support to this Act. Coming nearer home, erstwhile opponents of the Bill, now Act, were silenced after certain inclusions of special sections into the Bill. All Northeastern States, barring some areas in Assam, were exempted from the Act. Supreme Court shall be adjudicating very shortly case relating to Assam considering the cut-off date mentioned in Assam Accord which specifically mentions pre-1971 whereas CAA mentions pre-2014.

(To be concluded)

Sebastian Zumvu

(The writer belongs to a political party. These are his personal opinions)

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