NDPP lambasts NPCC for double standards
Dimapur, Feb. 15 (EMN): The Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) has accused the Congress party of double standards for taking a dig at the state’s Lok Sabha MP Tokheho Yepthomi over the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) 2016. It said the Congress had facilitated the passing of the controversial bill in the Lok Sabha on Jan. 8 by walking out of the House.
“The vote on the CAB on the 8th of January was a voice vote and not a division of vote but the Congress party very conveniently decided to walk out of the House without participating in the vote. Had they been serious about the CAB and its effects, they should have voted on the floor of the house regardless of whether they win or lose,” said NDPP in a statement.
“Rather, by walking out, it brings to question as to whether the Congress party are actually serious about the implementation/non-implementation of the CAB, since by walking out they had given the ruling NDA government the freedom of passing the Bill without any opposition,” it added.
Responding to Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) president K. Therie’s demand for the stand of the Chief Minister on the issue, it said the Cabinet has “openly rejecting the said bill.” It said Therie should first ‘examine the intentions of his party high command before accusing the CM and the NDPP-PDA government of betraying the people.’
The party also stated that Yepthomi has come out with a public clarification that he had not voted in Parliament on January 8, contrary to NPCC’s allegation that “the NDPP and PDA government of having voted for the CAB in the Lok Sabha.”