Zeliang trying to usurp power: NDPP

DIMAPUR, OCT 4 (NPN) | Publish Date: 10/4/2018 11:16:01 AM IST

Accusing opposition NPF leader TR Zeliang of indulging in “clandestine activities” to escape the legal noose around him, NDPP alleged that the former chief minister along with a relative had met BJP central leadership in New Delhi on September 26 with the intention of and in a desperate bid to occupy the chief ministerial chair again.

NDPP’s statement assumes significance in the light of the fact that the strength of the party in the Assembly has come down to 17 from 18 MLAs after the demise of Imtikumzuk Longkumer.

Further, out of the 17 MLAs, the speaker is not taken into consideration except in a vote where there is a tie.

Therefore, theoretically, if NPF (with 26 members) manages to woo and win over four legislators (1 Independent, 1 JD-U and 2 NPP), that will make it a 30-member group. This will leave the NDPP with 16 members (minus Speaker) and with 12 of BJP having a total of 28 MLAs in the house.

A statement issued by NDPP media & communications committee said that Zeliang had also reportedly informed the BJP leadership that current NPF president Dr. Shurhozelie’s term was coming to an end very soon and that a new leader would be elected to replace, following which the party would align with BJP. He also assured cooperation to BJP after the end of Dr. Shurhozelie’s term citing the fact that the present NPF president was anti-BJP.

While clarifying that it was neither bothered about internal problems of NPF, nor concerned about political activities of its leaders as the PDA government was firm and stable, NDPP explained that it was necessary to let the people know the truth.

Alleging that the NPF leader had further informed the BJP leadership of having the support of Independent MLA, JD (U) and NPP legislators, the ruling party also accused him of claiming that some NDPP members too were willing to join him.

He further assured BJP that, if he was made chief Minister, he would allocate the BJP legislators the portfolios of their choice, besides giving both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha seats to BJP. NDPP said Zeliang had even assured of not fielding any candidate against BJP in the Outer Manipur Lok Sabha seat.

The BJP leadership is, however, reported to have responded by saying that BJP-NDPP alliance was a pre-poll alliance with seat-sharing arrangement and that it was Prime Minister Narendra Modi who had come to Nagaland to declare the chief ministerial candidate of the PDA coalition. The BJP also conveyed to Zeliang that the BJP was a responsible national party that could not betray the confidence and support of the people and that it could not go back on its political commitments just for the sake of his ambition to become chief minister. 

Zeliang was clearly told that the leadership of Neiphiu Rio had the mandate of the people and support of NDA leadership and that there was no question of any change of stand whatsoever.

NDPP alleged that, despite being rejected by the BJP leadership, Zeliang on his return to Nagaland continued indulging in lies by conveying to NPF leadership that he got assurance and support of BJP high command to form a new government. NDPP stated that Zeliang even informed the NPF leadership that it might be necessary for some party MLAs to merge with BJP and that NPF should not seek their disqualification as they had to take over power by any means.

Despite such “clandestine activities” and “spreading of habitual lies” by Zeliang, NDPP assured the people that the PDA government was firm and stable under an environment of trust and mutual cooperation. The PDA leadership had the full confidence of the NDA leadership in New Delhi and were working under a congenial environment of collective teamwork and responsibility, it claimed.

According to NDPP, NPF government in the past four years had been a miserable failure. It said poor governance, corrupt leadership and betrayal of people on all burning issues were the hallmark of the Zeliang regime. 

The ruling party pointed out that the icing on the cake was the false declaration of Zeliang about his educational qualification wherein he had falsely stated that he had graduated from Kohima College whereas he had actually failed in all the subjects. And though he had stated then that he would give an appropriate answer at the right time, the people of Nagaland were still waiting for that appropriate answer, it added.

NDPP asserted that unless NPF and Zeliang apologised to the citizens, they had no moral authority to even dream of leading the State. It also stated that Zeliang should be held accountable for massive corruption, misgovernance and diversion of funds for farmers, students’ scholarships and development funds.

Assuring the people that there was no need to worry about the stability of the PDA government as it was sailing smoothly with full support of the NDA government and making its best efforts to deliver good governance and all-round development to boost economic growth under able and progressive leadership of Rio, NDPP added that it was a member of NDA at the Centre and North East Democratic Alliance at the regional level. The party reiterated of remaining committed to its principles of bringing positive change to pave the way for progress in letter and spirit.


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