UT News service | JULY 13: The Central Headquarters of the Naga People’s Front (NPF) has expressed its “anguish over the recent killings of NSCN (I-M) cadres” by security forces in Arunachal Pradesh.
In a press statement issued on Monday, the NPF said that any “aggressive action” by either party would only derail the “hard earned peace, and that too when the general public is eagerly waiting for the honorable solution to the Naga political problem at any moment”. The NPF statement also said that such actions will only hamper the political negotiation. “Therefore, the NPF party appeals to all the stake-holders in the political negotiations to expedite the political process so that a mutually agreed settlement is brought about at the earliest,” the statement added.
Meanwhile, the NPF said it will continue to act as a responsible opposition party in the State of Nagaland. “The NPF will continue to exercise its prerogative as a responsible opposition party by expressing our genuine concern over the conduct of affairs in the State including the prevailing law and order situation, the mismanagement of the Covid-19 pandemic by the State Government and any other issue related to good-governance of the State,” asserted the NPF.
The NPF then made a reference to the Nagaland Governor who had “categorically pointed out his distrust of the present Government stating there is no semblance of governance and expressed the loss of his confidence with the present government”. According to the statement of NPF, it is in no way trying to create any rift between the PDA alliance partners in the State. “The clear evidence is in the hands of the public. Therefore, the NPF advises the ruling party not to rake up unnecessary and unwarranted accusations on the opposition”, the statement also said. It also asked the State government to focus on their responsibility of tackling the “pertinent issues at hand and providing good governance to the people of Nagaland, a task which the PDA alliance partners have miserably failed to underscore so far”.
The NPF then said it was convinced that the call for the PDA government to step down on moral ground is justified and is neither unconstitutional nor illegal as alleged by the ruling party, “considering the ineptitude of the PDA government and its agencies in handling the Covid-19 related issues and the pathetic failure to address public grievances that were fallouts of the mismanagement of the pandemic”.