A file photo of NPF Central HQ Kohima (Photo Courtesy: npfweb.org)
Kohima, March 20 (MExN): The Naga People’s Front (NPF) today said that People’s Democratic Allaince Coalition parliamentary electoral campaign launch held at DDSC Stadium, Dimapur on March 19 “was nothing short of a public display of the two biggest political chameleons in Naga politics, Neiphiu Rio and Yanthungo Patton.”
A communique from NPF Press Bureau today, recounted that in 2002, a year before the State Assembly elections, Rio deserted Dr SC Jamir, the then Chief Minister of Nagaland, in protest against the book ‘Bedrock of Naga Society’ written by Jamir, which stated that the 16 Point Agreement was the final solution between the Nagas, and the Government of India was “vehemently condemned by Rio during the time.”
However, in pursuance to the 16 Point Memorandum submitted to the GOI in July 1960, Article 371(A) was inserted in Part XXI of the Constitution of India by the 13th Amendment Act, 1962 and the State of Nagaland under the Indian Union was created as the 16th State.
“Article 371(A) which has been the main subject of discussion in recent times, is an outcome of the 16 Point Agreement,” stated the release.
The recent statement of Rio declaring that any Naga talking against Article 371(A) of the Constitution of India shall amount to betrayal of the Naga people showed his “double standard attitude,” which was “highly objectionable,” the NPF bureau said.
“In 2002, he resigned as Home Minister in protest against the 16 Point Agreement which gave birth to Article 371 (A) and whereas today, he blatantly maintains that Article 371(A) protects the Nagas even from a contentious subject like the Citizenship Amendment Bill.”
The release added that the NPF party shall never forget the grievous agenda of Rio, now or even in the distant future, since the “Nagas cannot allow him to mislead the Naga people any further.”
The opposition party further slammed Rio by saying that the Chief Minister’s chair “is not and shall not be permanent” and as such, “marketing of the Naga cause at the expense of the Naga Political issue will not sustain itself. History will never forget Neiphiu Rio for marketing the Naga cause for the Chief Minister’s chair,” it asserted.
Rio’s “unnecessary dig” at the NPF party in putting up a Candidate for the Lok Sabha election was a matter of amusement, added the release clarifying that the NPF is capable of handling its own affairs and will bring the matter to the public domain “with the right explanation at the right time.”
The NPF further went on to slam Y Patton, who “exploited” every crisis by “bargaining for better position.” A person who does not bother about progress or development but “rather a champion in corruption and backdoor appointment was in full public display at DDSC Stadium on March 19,” it expounded.
“The track record of Patton who ditched his leaders under successive Governments of Neiphiu Rio, TR Zeliang and Dr Shurhozelie Liezietsu is for all to see,” the release further claimed, adding that “this is the true leader of this so-called BJP leader who will move to any ruling Party when his Party fails to remain in power.” He can talk about PDA achievement under the Department of Home and National Highway but if he mocks the previous Government, “everything he spoke against his master Rio will be revealed in detail. Patton should remember what he had uttered because the memory of the Naga people is not as short as he expects it to be,” it asserted.