-Not a sudden decision; has been on party’s radar since February, informs NPF party spokesperson Achumbemo Kikon
-NPF’s double game, says NDPP
Morung Express News
Dimapur | May 18
The Naga People’s Front (NPF) party has decided in principle to withdraw its support to the BJP led government in Manipur headed by N Biren Singh after the Lok Sabha elections. The last phase of the LS election will end on May 19 followed by counting of votes on May 23.
The NPF which is a partner in the Bhartiya Janata Party-led alliance in Manipur has four MLAs in the 60- member assembly including a cabinet minister.
The decision was made on Saturday after the NPF leaders held another huddle at the NPF central office in Kohima in the presence of its party president Dr Shürhozelie Liezitsu, leader of opposition TR Zeliang, core committee members and the four MLAs from Manipur.
Taking to Twitter to inform of the party’s decision on Saturday, TR Zeliang stated: “After an intense deliberation and review meeting with the party functionaries and the NPF MLAs of Manipur State, the NPF party has decided in principle to pull out our 4 NPF MLAs from the BJP led Govt. in Manipur headed by N Biren Singh soon after the LS election is completed.”
“This decision at this juncture is necessitated due to the indifferent attitude of the BJP towards us, its coalition partner in Manipur and also in the State of Nagaland,” posted Zeliang on his official Twitter handle.
The same message was posted on Zelaing’s Facebook page.
NPF party spokesperson Achumbemo Kikon speaking to The Morung Express revealed that further implementation of this decision will take place only after the completion of Lok Sabha election.
“Election to the Lok Sabha is still going on and since NPF is a political party registered under Election Commission, it would be wise on our part to withdraw support only after the election,” Kikon stated.
Kikon also stated that the issue to withdraw support is not a sudden one but had been at the party’s radar since February first week when the party core committee decided to re-examine its alliance with the BJP led government.
On May 14, the NPF had called for a preliminary round of talks on the issue but could not come to final outcome since some MLAs from Manipur couldn’t turn up owing to earlier engagements.
Nothing but indication of NPF playing double game, say NDPP
Meanwhile, the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) was quick to point out that the statements of the NPF and its leader of opposition with regard to its stand in Manipur is nothing “but a sign of directionless leadership and indication that the NPF leadership continues to play a constant double game.”
The NDPP in a press statement said the NPF has painted the BJP in Nagaland as a Hindutva party but in Manipur, it has always been in alliance to the extent of having a minister in the BJP-led Manipur cabinet.
It also stated that in the eyes of the NPF, as long as it was in alliance with the BJP, they had no problems with the party but once the NPF landed in opposition it started being critical of the BJP from every possible angle.