NPF accuses Rio of breaking own rule

Kohima, June 6 (MExN): Naga People’s Front (NPF) today accused Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio of breaking his own rule of ‘no more chief guest culture’. The allegation was made in reference to Rio attending livestock progamme launch at Legacy Complex in Kohima as the chief guest on June 5.


In a statement, NPF Press Bureau reminded that Rio, as the leader of the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly, had proclaimed that People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) government will “completely shun all VIP cultures” and “chief guest culture shall no longer be a part of PDA Government.” The government also assured to enforce strict austerity measures on grounds that it is draining the state exchequer, it stated.


“Nevertheless, everyone was taken aback as there were many instances of the PDA government backtracking on their earlier commitments,” NPF added.


The Opposition party further noted that the “rampant appointment spree” of the PDA government “inducting its party workers and their near and dear ones into top positions in various government undertakings, breaking all official norms, and creating an unhealthy precedence had drawn flak condemnation from all educated men and women in the state.”


“This kind of unhealthy precedence that the present day government had embarked upon to accommodate their party workers in various government set up had deeply hurt the sentiments of the hard working and genuine students, which will have serious ramifications in the future as people will start opting for alternative route and unfair means, instead of having the zeal to succeed in life through hard work and dignity of labour,” NPF maintained.


Another topmost issue that the NPF had posed to the PDA government was the Naga political issue, the statement pointed out. Referring to the declaration made by the Governor of Nagaland, PB Acharya promising to bring the final Naga solution within six months, the NPF reminded that four months has already passed without a flutter.


Moreover, the 6 NNPGs recently threatening to pull out from the negotiation table has added a big blow to the Naga political solution issue, it stated. Unless the government of the day “acts serious for once and bring on board the other factions for an inclusive and honorable final Naga solution,” it cautioned, “situation may go haywire where the entire Naga populace may be heading for troubled times.”