| Rahul Gandhi |
Kohima, March 30: The Congress said the Naga People’s Front (NPF), which has chosen to accept the communal BJP-RSS as its high command, has lost all moral right to speak on behalf of the Nagas.
The Nagaland PCC, in a statement today, said the frustration and desperation of the NPF is glaringly evident when it accuses AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi of being unaware of happenings in the country.
“Resorting to the gambit of crying wolf in drawing the attention of the Election Commission to Rahul Gandhi’s speech is nothing but a cheap publicity gimmick as the NPF has run out of issues before the people,” the release said.
“Eleven years have passed and the people are still waiting for the NPF to spell out its commitment to the people of Nagaland on a political solution to the peace talks. The NPF has miserably failed to achieve anything other than to fool the people on the issue of the peace talks,” it added.
It said the NPF, along with the BJP-RSS combine, can only hope to impose an alien culture on the Nagas, instead of finding a political solution that remains elusive after 17 years and 68 rounds of talks.
The party said contrary to the NPF’s claims of step-motherly treatment by the Congress government at the Centre, Rs 300 crore was generously sanctioned as a special package for ENPO areas during 2012-13.
“However, the mischievous attempt of the state government to rather clear the outstanding liabilities in ENPO areas has effectively put brakes on release of the special package and for which the blame squarely lies with the NPF,” it said.
The party added that repeated claims that the Congress had rejected the Rs 400-crore package for Dimapur-Kohima four-lane road sanctioned by the BJP government in 2003 is just another attempt to defame the Congress.
The road project has been stalled for 11 years because of the NPF government’s indifference.
“It must be remembered that the Congress-led UPA govt in 2013 had sanctioned a revised package of Rs 1,098 crore for this road and therefore, the NPF cannot blame the Congress but should admit its inefficiency to govern the state,” the statement added.
The party said despite the tall claims of the NPF, the condition of the state infrastructure, severe financial crunch, total collapse of economy and lack of access to basic amenities bear testimony to the dubious achievement of the NPF in 11 years of misrule.
“Therefore, Rahul Gandhi’s speech is a bitter pill for the NPF to swallow and the question of his apologising does not arise,” the release added.
The party said chief minister Neiphiu Rio and the NPF have nothing more to offer to the people after 11 years of blatant misrule and corruption.
The Nagaland PCC appealed to the people of Nagaland to reject the NPF candidates for bowing down before communal forces.