NDPP refutes NPF allegations, says PDA is ‘strong and united’

DIMAPUR, NOVEMBER 19 (MExN): The Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) today stated that the opposition Naga People’s Front (NPF) “should be the last ones to be attacking the PDA government for ‘negligence’ and being ‘rudderless and paralysed.”

This was stated in a press release from the NDPP media and communication committee in response to the opposition’s recent statement accusing the present government of being negligent in development activities.  

The NDPP termed these allegations as “habitual lies and deceit of the opposition party.”

“To term the present dispensation to be ‘rudderless and paralysed’ only proves that the opposition NPF seems to be speaking about its own leadership and perhaps accepting their failure to provide a stable government in the last four years of running the state,” the NDPP stated. 

It said that the NPF led DAN government from 2014-2018 will “go down the annals of history as the darkest period of Nagaland.” 

“The people were denied any form of governance because of the constant tussle for power within the Naga Peoples Front; and it was during this period, Nagaland also witnessed the worst law and order situation in the history of the state wherein the people rose up against their Government since the leadership of that time refused to hear the voice of the people,” it said.

It meanwhile hoped that the NPF would “play a supporting and proactive role as a responsible opposition party especially at this crucial juncture when all Nagas are anxiously awaiting the inking of the solution to the Naga Political Issue.”

The NDPP also accused the opposition of attempting to “earn brownie points” and lamented that the latter has “unfortunately trained its guns on the office of the Honorable Governor.” 

“As a respectable party it is expected that the August office of the Governor should be kept out of party politics,” the NDPP stated, leaving it to the people to “judge the wisdom and maturity of the NPF leadership.” 

“Instead of playing the role of a positive opposition, the NPF seems to have lost direction and their lack of a roadmap for the people once again stands exposed,” it claimed. 

The NDPP affirmed that the PDA government in the state “stands firm in fulfilling our commitments to the people and will not allow false and fabricated allegations of a frustrated opposition party to derail our promises.”

It further stated that there is no question of the Council of Ministers resigning on the grounds of “immature statements” of the NPF. It asserted that the PDA government would continue to serve the people with sincerity and commitment, “unlike the unstable and weak leadership that emerged during the last four years of the DAN government where each day was faced with uncertainty and rife with suspicion.” 

It further stated that the present government under Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio and Deputy Chief Minsiter, Y Patton “stands strong and united with a clear vision for Nagaland now and the future.”