Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Partnership with BJP based on trust: NDPP

Responding to various speculations being raised in public domain by individuals, organisations and political parties over its alliance with the BJP, the NDPP has claimed that its partnership with BJP was one of trust and based on political maturity.
NDPP in a statement clarified that it had partnered together with BJP for the greater good of Naga people, while appreciating the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union home minister Amit Shah for their committed approach to the ongoing political negotiations.
The statement mentioned that the NDPP-BJP alliance under the banner of the UDA government had unanimously resolved to work for early solution and reiterated the commitment to pave the way in the event of an honourable, acceptable and inclusive solution to the Indo-Naga political issue.
The party extended support to the call for early solution of the vexed Indo-Naga political imbroglio and assured that its leadership in its role as facilitator would pursue early realisation of a solution to the extent that it had firmly supported the call for solution even before the elections.
Rejecting the allegation of diluting its regional spirit due to alliance with BJP, NDPP pointed out that regional parties in many States across the country had continued to have alliances with national parties, including Meghalaya, Sikkim and Mizoram. But this did not mean that the ideology of regionalism had been compromised, but rather the foundations of regional identity and respect got strengthened and recognised, it added.
The party recalled that seat sharing was initiated and implemented since the Assembly elections of 2018 and the understanding continued till date, adding that the spirit of alliance was strengthened and continued even during the election to Lok Sabha, Assembly by-elections and recent Rajya Sabha election.
He clarified that the decision to continue with the alliance on July 26 for future seat sharing was taken by the top leadership of BJP, including Shah, in consultation with BJP national president JP Nadda and Assam chief minister and NEDA convener Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma and in the presence of chief minister Neiphiu Rio, adding that it was the result of earlier meetings held in New Delhi and Guwahati.
The party said that the September 6, 2021 meeting in Delhi was attended by Amit Shah, JP Nadda, Sarma, Rio, BJP national general secretary BL Santosh, BJP Nagaland in-charge Nalin Kohli, deputy CM Y. Patton, State BJP president Imna Along and ministers– G Kaito Aye (NDPP) and S. Pangnyu Phom (BJP). The meeting held in Guwahati on May 9, 2022 was attended by Shah, Sarma, Rio, Patton, UDA chairperson TR Zeliang and Imna Along, it added.
NDPP said that the agreement was the result of meetings and consultations of the leadership of both the parties in a mature and responsible manner and not a sudden development. It said that the joint statement signed by the secretary general of NDPP was not on an individual capacity but on behalf of the party and the statement reflected the decision and stand of the party.
NDPP said it was not averse to criticisms as, based on these criticisms, it could surge ahead on its policies and methods on how best to serve the people in whichever way was necessary. However, foggy allegations of the party “merging” with BJP and asking its members to leave the party based on a write-up of a journalist only showed political immaturity and did not warrant a response since, as a matured political party, it was well aware of its future and the roadmap was clear.
Therefore, the party said statements of apprehensions by various organisations and political parties should be laid to rest as it was confident that the maturity and wisdom of the people would not be impacted in any manner by mere speculations.
The party reaffirmed of continuing to follow the ideals of regionalism and uphold the banner of regional ideology and identity, while following its policy of having a national outlook with proactive action on aligning citizens and the State with international realities at the same time. It assured to continue remaining committed to work tirelessly for the welfare of all citizens of the State.