NDPP hits back at NPF, denies poaching claim
Says the party is committed towards the state’s development, welfare of the people and good governance
Eastern Mirror Desk
Dimapur, Jan. 6: The Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) has hit back at the Naga Peoples’ Front (NPF) and the Leader of Opposition over “poaching allegation” levelled against the People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) government, terming the accusation as “blatant and un-confounded.
“The allegation that the NDPP is “attempting to poach NPF MLAs” is nothing but a public display of the insecurity of the opposition party and the lack of confidence they have on their own elected representatives,” read a statement from the NDPP.
The NPF last week accused the NDPP-led PDA government of trying to poach its MLAs and giving “impractical promises,” triggering a political slugfest between the parties.
However, the NDPP has said that it has “never approached any of the opposition MLAs to join its fold” while it is an “open secret that there is a high level of frustration and restlessness amongst the NPF MLAs for having had to sit as opposition members” for almost a year now. It added that resorting to false allegations in the public domain again proves that the NPF used threat and intimidation to keep its party workers and MLAs in order.
“The opposition party should once again concentrate on keeping its flock together rather than raise false allegations against the ruling government,” said NDPP.
Responding to NPF’s call on the PDA government to “instil confidence and security in the minds of the people,” the NDPP said that “it (NPF) should be the last one to ask” the present government after the four years of poor governance by the DAN-III government that was filled with the tumultuous intra-party political upheavals, something that the “state has never experienced in the last 55 years.”
It reminded that “under the NPF government, Nagaland witnessed the severest of public outrage over the ULB elections leading to the loss of two promising young lives thus undermining their own motto “Fide Non Armis” (By Faith, Not Arms)” which was caused by the inability of the leaders of then government to keep their commitment to people.
Regarding the claims of the opposition on the ongoing road projects in the state, the NDPP said that it “highlights the selfish attitude of the NPF as it is a public admittance that they as a party are only for the accolades and not for the welfare of the people.” It said that any development for the state is for the people regardless of which party was at the helm of affairs at that point of time.
“The NDPP once again reiterate that our commitment is to work towards fulfilling the needs and wants of the people of Nagaland and will not indulge in petty selfish political dramatics,” read the statement, adding that the PDA government is still trying to overcome the huge burden of financial liabilities left by the previous NPF led DAN-III government but trying to provide necessary development to cater to the welfare of the people.
“The NDPP once again puts on record our commitment of development of the state, the welfare of the people and good governance through accountability, transparency and sustainability. The President and rank and file of the NDPP convey to everyone a very happy, prosperous and blessed 2019 and further look forward towards building a new Nagaland with the support of all its citizens,” concluded the statement from the NDPP.
It may be mentioned that the NPF’s media bureau issued a press release last week, asking the PDA government to work toward being more ‘public centric’ to instil confidence and security in the minds of the general public. It also alleged that the present government has failed to fulfil its words of developing the roads in the state.