NDPP reacts to statements

DIMAPUR, JUL 15 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/15/2020 10:19:30 PM IST

NDPP on Wednesday reacted to the recent statements made by the opposition NPF and former chief minister and former governor, Dr. S.C. Jamir. 

NDPP rebuffed NPF’s call for PDA government to step down owing to spike in COVID-19 cases in the State and termed the demand as not only absurd but bordering on insanity. 

Pointing to rise of COVID-19 cases across the world, NDPP reasoned that if the rising numbers were to be attributed to the failure of the government, then people world over should be clamouring for their respective governments to step down.

Reacting to NPF president Dr Shurhozelie Liezietsu supporting the stand taken by his party, the ruling party expressed surprise how an octogenarian politician and a former chief minister could defend and support such a stand. It said the veteran leader, who had been a member of the cabinet on numerous occasions, was expected to be aware that governments could not be made to step down at whims and fancies of the opposition. NDPP accused the opposition party of creating confusion in the minds of the people by repeatedly stating that governor RN Ravi had lost confidence in the government. 

But NDPP pointed out that the governor in his letter to chief minister Neiphiu Rio had at no time mentioned that he had lost confidence in the government, adding such callous statements made by the so called oldest regional party were unbecoming and immature. 

Pointing out that PDA welcomed constructive criticisms in order to bring about good governance and welfare to the people, NDPP however asserted that it would not remain silent when such criticisms were based on lies and deception. 

The ruling party further observed that though NPF continues to claim that it was the oldest regional party and that it stood for Naga political issue, it had not made its stand clear on the Naga political issue and the ongoing peace process. 

The ruling party noted that Naga civil society groups, tribal organisations and mass-based leaders had expressed their opinions and concerns in an outspoken manner, but NPF had steered clear of the political dynamics of the issue. It also asked the opposition party whether the latter agreed with the terminology Naga political groups and supported a political solution that was honourable and acceptable to the people and a negotiated solution that ensured lasting peace by acknowledging the political rights of the Nagas. 

Further reacting to former Nagaland chief minister and former governor of Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Odisha Dr SC Jamir’s views on Article 371A (1) (b), NDPP asked him whether he wanted to make Nagaland an “unequal State of the Indian union” or turn the clock back by taking Nagaland to the 1950s and 1960s. 

As a former democratically-elected head of State and an active proponent for peace, the party asked him to stand up for democracy by supporting the State government’s stand that the clause under Article 371A was redundant in today’s context. 

“Nagaland of today is not the Nagaland of the 50s and 60s when law and order in the newly-created State was chaotic with insurgency at its peak,” the statement emphasised. 

To this effect, NDPP recalled that the 12th Nagaland Legislative Assembly had passed a resolution on December 17, 2013 stating that Article 371A (1) (b) of the Constitution of India was redundant in Nagaland, considering the vast improvements in the law and order and insurgency-related activities following the ceasefire between Government of India and the Naga national political groups and the peace talks for resolving the Naga political issue. 

Therefore, it hoped that leaders like Jamir would defend “our right for democracy and together work towards strengthening our State as an equal member of the Union of India”.



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