Tuesday, September 27, 2022

NDPP-BJP seat sharing done in a hurry: Therie

A day after chief minister Neiphiu Rio tore into NPCC president K. Therie’s startling assumption that “some leaders” of the NDPP had agreed “to post-poll merger with BJP” in 2023 after talks held in Delhi, Therie expressed happiness that Rio denounced the report and though he would have liked to believe Rio but it was difficult to trust him.
Therie maintained that in general, assurance of merger with BJP after election “was widely discussed” and for which reason, seat sharing was agreed. He said that however, state BJP “ground workers” had wanted to contest all 60 seats. According to Therie a post-poll merger would have made it easier for BJP to form a government “in a Christian state and therefore, BJP has agreed in a hurry.”
Therie also said it was unusual to have NDPP secretary general and spokesperson of BJP in-charge Nagaland Nalin Kohli sign the seat sharing agreement by ignoring NDPP president and state BJP president and leader of BJP legislature party and that too when scheduled election was seven (7) months away. Therie pointed out that seat-sharing was usually decided after announcement of election.
Though the State BJP unit president welcomed the seat sharing deal, Therie said it was only after a few days that the NDPP president termed it as “historic”.
Even though the BLP leader and deputy CM had stated that he was not consulted, he too welcomed the agreement the next day, Therie said.
Therie asserted that seat sharing deal cannot be attributed to implementation of political solution, but it has rather killed the aspirations of the people for settlement.
Further pointing out that the Centre’s representative for Naga talks AK Mishra himself had said that he could not change the concluded talks, Therie at the same time said that the Congress also “understand the compulsions of the NSCN(I-M).”
He said that if there was any sincerity and commitment, the Parliamentary Committee and the 60 legislators should present the July 16, 2022 Parliamentary Committee meeting’s resolution to Prime Minster and Union Home Minister and express the aspirations of the people, and if required invite the chief ministers of Manipur and Arunachal for settlement.
On Rio’s claim that he had met Union Home Minister with Assam chief minister on the issue, Therie said that if there was any seriousness, the home minister should not have announced that all the political problems of the North East would be resolved after 2024.
However, the only outcome of the meeting with home minister was the seat sharing, he said, adding that neither development activities nor political solution was mentioned.
“Do not beat around the bush anymore. It is time for our age to be honest to the people,” Therie stated.