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Ruling NDPP on Tuesday took a dig at the opposition NPF of suddenly becoming grassroots and people centric now after it was no more in power.
In a rejoinder issued by its media & communication committee, the ruling party also asserted that NPF had become irrelevant in the face of “progressive governance” under PDA regime.
NDPP said NPF was telling the PDA government and chief minister Neiphiu Rio to do what it never bothered to during the last four years of its tenure out of frustration and perhaps a sense of repentance.
It said that the PDA government was busy focusing on not only providing good governance to the people, but also correcting mis-governance of the past four years of NPF rule, “which never saw any semblance of governance, let alone good governance.”
NDPP asked the opposition party, “in its despair to be noticed”, not to accuse it of whining when it was NPF that woke up from slumber after 13 days to attack the chief minister’s Independence Day speech “without any valid reasons except desperate attempts to create controversies where none exist.”
On the charge of appointing members of coalition partner parties to various posts, NDPP clarified that they did not enjoy any financial or executive powers. It dared NPF to admit that they too appointed party leaders with equivalent ranks of cabinet ministers.
NDPP pointed fingers at the NPF for the bad roads in Nagaland, claiming that the condition of roads and bridges had deteriorated as the previous NPF regime had not bothered to maintain them.
Accusing NPF of doing nothing while in opposition in the face of natural calamity that confronted the State, NDPP alleged that only after it had asked the opposition party on August 28 to explain what it had done for those affected that leader of opposition Zeliang suggested Nagaland Legislative Assembly commissioner and secretary on August 31 to deduct Rs 50,000 from the monthly salary of each NPF MLA as donation to Chief Secretary’s Relief Fund.
Admitting that it was the duty of opposition to outline areas where the government needed to put in more effort or attention, the ruling party, however, accused NPF of forgetting how a good opposition should conduct itself in a democratic system of government.
Pointing out that people were judge, NDPP said it would bode well for NPF to analyse the matters on hand properly before accusing government of the day of lack of governance or mis-governance.
Once again raking up the issue of filing false affidavits by its leader TR Zeliang regarding his educational qualification, NDPP has asked NPF to come clean on Zeliang’s education qualification before pointing fingers at others.