NPF to join PDA alliance; Nagaland heading for opposition-less govt

NPF to join PDA alliance; Nagaland heading for opposition-less govt

Kohima, July 20 (NEx): In a major political development, Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) is heading for an oppositionless government as Naga People’s Front (NPF), the main opposition deciding to join the People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) government.

It is reported that the decision to join PDA government was taken during an NPF Legislator’s meeting held at the residence of Leader of Opposition and former Chief Minister, TR Zeliang in Dimapur on Monday. It is pertinent to note that this would be the second time NLA is heading for an oppositionless government. During 2015, eight (8) opposition Congress MLAs joined the NPF to make an oppositionless government.

The decision came at a time when the State is reeling under the unprecedented price hike in fuel and essential commodities and many were questioning the silence from the main opposition party, NPF. Recently, NPF had been questioning on the mismanagement of the COVID-19 funds by the ruling party, and there was heated up paper-war between NPF and PDA regarding COVID-19 management and fund utilization.

Amidst all these, everyone was expecting for a stormy 8th Session of 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly, which is scheduled to start from August 03, 2021.

It is important to note that the State government had recently set up Parliamentary Committee on Naga Political Issue comprising of all 60 MLAs and both Members of Parliament from Nagaland with an aim to facilitate an early solution to Naga Political Issue.

The Parliamentary Core Committee in its first meeting on July 09, 2021, adopted a five-point resolution, while appealing to all Naga Political Groups to make serious efforts towards unity and reconciliation, PCC reminded that ‘the elected members are prepared to pave the way as and when an inclusive, honorable and acceptable solution is arrived at.’

The PDA government has not reacted to this recent political developments in the opposition camp. According to sources, a meeting between the NPF Legislators led by the Leader of Opposition, TR Zeliang and the Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio and other leaders in the ruling government is scheduled to take place soon. The NPF has maintained that the decision to join the ruling government is to facilitate the Naga political issue and to bring unity.