Kohima, June 20 (NEx): The Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) said that the decision of the Naga People’s Front (NPF) to join the PDA coalition govt comes as no surprise, given the fact that the main opposition party with 26 MLAs (now 25 MLAs) has been the most silent opposition bench in the history of NLA for the past 40 months.
‘However, taking pretext of Naga political issue to converge into an opposition-less govt is an insult to the people of Nagaland as their main objective is to raid the state exchequer and enjoy the perks of office while delaying the implementation of Naga political solution,’ NPCC stated.
The Congress reiterated that forming an opposition-less govt is not the solution at this juncture, but an obstacle towards implementation of Naga political solution. It said that instead of fooling the people, all 60 legislators should immediately resign from Nagaland Legislative Assembly if they are sincere enough to pave the way for an early Naga political solution.
The committee also mentioned that NPF which won 26 seats in 2018 assembly elections mainly on the plank of anti Hindutva narrative is back to square one. Their association with BJP ever since its formation and allowing BJP to be part of all three DAN coalition govt from 2003 to 2018 cannot be missed out. Their continued association with BJP in Manipur since March 2017 had always tainted their professed secular image even after parting with BJP in Nagaland before 2018 assembly elections. Therefore, NPF throwing in the towel before BJP and NDPP at this crucial juncture in Naga political history is a total sellout of their regional pride at the altar of Hindutva politics, the press release from NPCC said.
Further, NPCC said that with the meek decision of NPF to surrender once again, two schools of thought have clearly emerged in Nagaland. One is espoused by BJP, NDPP & NPF to delay the Naga political solution and promote Hindutva politics and Congress on the other end, firmly standing for implementing the Naga political solution and upholding secularism at any cost, it said.