Congress demands President’s rule
DIMAPUR, SEPTEMBER 4
ALLEGING break down of law and order machinery and widespread corruption, the NPCC has demanded that the Governor recommend imposition of President’s rule in the State.
The NPCC in a release issued by its president SI Jamir cited, among others, the people’s revolt against unabated and illegal taxations, including the Petroleum Dealers Association (PDA) sudden strike in Dimapur, to justify its demand. It said the ‘conspiratorial silence of the government in the face of people’s revolt’ should be countered in equal measure and nothing less than President’s rule should satisfy the hapless Naga people.Asking who is running the government, the NPCC termed the total shutdown of fuel outlets in Dimapur district as more than the usual extortion related law and order problem while alleging that the State government has failed to uphold its constitutional obligations. “Rather, it’s a painful reminder to the Naga people that NPF-led DAN government is all rhetoric and no substance,” it said, adding the government has simply abdicated its responsibility to govern.
The State Congress said the lightning shutdown of all the 31 fuel outlets in the district since September 2 has once again shown that it is the armed revolutionary groups who calling the shots. Calling the NPF government as nothing more than a salary dispensing agency, it said this role is under threat too since the state exchequer is empty due to high-level corruption.
Stating that simply tooting that the NPF has the people’s mandate is not enough, the Congress party said with an empty coffer, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio has once again showed that he is least bothered about governing the State.
Not denying the fact that the Naga issue is a political problem, the NPCC, however, sought to explain that taxations, extortions and factional fights in civilian populated areas all fall under the purview of law and order.
“The most galling aspect in this whole drama is that the NPF government is the silent spectator as the affairs of the state is being out-sourced to underground groups,” it said.
The Congress also sought to point out that the salaries of 2491 teachers all over the State have not been unpaid since June and the students under GHSS Mon have stopped attending classes since September 2 due to non-availability of teachers while the minister concerned is busy with his election.
It added that the college lecturers are on a war path, factions are sorting it out on the streets and price rise is unprecedented.