‘Absolute power corrupts absolutely’ – Therie
Kohima, July 21 (EMN): Ridiculing the decision of Naga People’s Front (NPF) to join the coalition government led by Nagaland Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio, the Congress party in Nagaland has termed the forming of an opposition-less government as an “obstacle” towards implementation of Naga political solution.
Reacting to NPF’s decision to ally with People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) in order to facilitate the Naga political issue, K Therie, president of Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC), stated that the parties do not have any “concrete suggestions or agendas” to the issue but only to prolong it.
‘Politicians give solutions and suggestions to resolve issues and not to delay them,’ he said, while interacting with Eastern Mirror on Wednesday evening.
However, it is not the case with the Parliamentary Core Committee on Naga Political Issue headed by the chief minister, he stated. “Their actual intention is to delay the political solution,” said Therie.
He reiterated that NPCC had also asked all the legislators to resign from Nagaland State Assembly in order that the Governor of Nagaland might implement the political issue.
Therie termed the forming of opposition-less government as an “obstacle” towards implementation of the solution, adding that ‘nothing can be done by the core committee nor with the formation of an all-party.
“They have no sense of the solution,” he said, adding, “The talks for the political process are over and are only kept in the cold storage now”.
Therie asserted that they are demanding the resignation of the legislators from the state assembly so that the decision of the Governor might prevail to resolve the issue.
He maintained that the council of ministers are “implementing a solution” on one side while the government negotiating team are only resuming the “talk” on the other, stating that it is not the way the government should function.
In order to pave the way for an early political solution, he suggested that all political parties in the ruling government can be dissolved while the Assembly can be “suspended” if they are sincere and committed.
Therie also put forward that if the Centre government affirms that the concerned are committed to the people, then they can take oath and pave the way.
However, he maintained that the Central government is “not worried about the Nagas,” stating that the BJP-government does not have any intention to solve “our problem”. “They only wanted political mileage,” he said.
While commenting on the present development, Therie affirmed that corruption is bound to take place whenever there is no “constructive opposition” while referring to the opposition bench which made up its mind to side with the coalition government.
“Absolute power corrupts absolutely,” he stated, adding, “When there is no constructive opposition, then anybody can corrupt. They will support each other”.
While constructive opposition is required, he criticised NPF for “failing the people of Nagaland terribly,” which otherwise should have been a “very strong opposition” with 26 members. “They could not play the role,” he said.
However, he also commented that with NPF forming a coalition with the ruling government, “Rio has the strength to remove BJP” which “cannot dictate him”. “That is the benefit Rio will have,” he opined.