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NPF Govt spent 30 Cr for Manipur polls – Cong

Dimapur, February 19 (MExN): The Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) has asked the Naga People’s Front (NPF) to stop hoodwinking the public with rhetoric in the face of current realities in the state such as law and order and corruption. “The failures of the NPF-led DAN govt. are there like an open book for all to see. There was nothing to hide,” the Congress said.

Instances such as the audacity of the Nagaland government in spending Rs 30 crore in the Manipur elections when Nagaland owes Rs 800 crore in deficit demands an explanation to the people, the NPCC said in a statement today. Another instance that the Congress used to illustrate the government’s meek ways was the NSCN (IM) bandh in Nagaland recently.

NPCC president SI Jamir issued a statement today in response to NPF president Dr Shürhozelie’s reaction to the memorandum of the Congress, which has demanded removal of the Neiphiu Rio government, against the failure of the coalition to maintain law and order and for corruption in the state. The NPF president’s reaction was a “reflection of guilt, fear and insecurity,” the Congress said and ridiculed Dr. Shurhozelie as one of those people who have been “talking about Naga political issue and at the same time enjoying the fruit of the statehood since the inception of the state.”

The Congress challenged with this query: “Do the NPF think Nagaland State or for that matter DAN government is sustaining on its own? The NPF should stop fooling the public with such ridiculous rhetoric.

Nagaland State’s deficit has crossed Rs.800 cr. but the NPF had the audacity to spend over Rs. 30 cr. for election in Manipur. The NPF’s foolish dream of ruling in two States has been draining the State’s economy. The NPF owes an explanation to the people of Nagaland for such lavish unaccounted spending.”

Further, the Congress said, when the NPCC and some other organizations imposed bandh on issues of public importance, the NPF termed it an alien culture. “Why the NPF did keep silent when the NSCN (IM) imposed bandh in entire Naga inhabited areas? Wasn’t that hypocrisy? By terming the bandhs as incident-free, the NPF had only proved that the two day bandhs had the sanction of the DAN government,” the NPCC.
On the law and order front, the Congress said, the only action taken by the NPF-led DAN government was to cry foul against the public’s “non-co-operation” and ‘repeated appeals to the Naga civil societies for help.’

“It has practically put governance into the hands of NGOs. The NPCC’s allegations of disturbance in law and order was once again vindicated by the incident of killing that took place in front of the Nagaland Secretariat; the very hearth of the government in the State capital on 17th February 2012 just a day after Dr. Shurhozelie proclaimed Nagaland as a peaceful state,” the Congress said.

The NPCC ridiculed the NPF for having “guilt and fear that the Centre may impose President’s Rule in Nagaland on account of failing to carry out the Constitutional duty and responsibility.”

The opposition tells the NPF party and the coalition government that the ‘ignorant masses may be fooled with such double face.’ However, the opposition reminded, educated people who have the intellect to see right from wrong feel that the demand of the NPCC for dismissal of the DAN government for its excesses is legitimate. “The reactions of the people in the social networks proved it,” the NPCC added.


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