Kohima: Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) president, K Therie demanded the dismissal of the Neiphiu Rio led Nagaland government (United Democratic Alliance) saying that the latter is no longer a people’s government. In this regard, the NPCC said it would submit a memorandum to the Nagaland Governor at the earliest.
The comment of the Congress leader came after the media had reported that “the NSCN (IM) had cautioned members of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly not to overstep their assigned role as facilitators of the Naga political solution”. Therie then asked, “Who has assigned the role of facilitator?”
It can be noted here that, on May 27, the NSCN-IM had issued a press release saying that it was noticing recently that “Nagaland BJP ministers and NPF political leaders are using unparliamentary and intemperate language with reference to Framework Agreement, Naga National Flag, Constitution and integration”. Terming as outrageous statements from these politicians, the NSCN-IM had also said that such moves of the politicians would be “tantamount to overstepping their role as facilitators when they started jumping beyond their assigned role, making bewildering statements on Naga solution”.
Reacting to this statement of the NSCN-IM, K Therie said, “I thought in the beginning it was the decision of the state legislative assembly but this has been assigned by NSCN-IM to play a role of facilitator and the whole Nagaland state assembly has been playing for the last 17 years as facilitator as assigned by NSCN -IM”.
The NPCC president then said that he expected that the Chief Minister would react “but this is the 4th day he has not reacted.”
Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio had also reportedly said, “As facilitator I have nothing to say.” Reacting to this particular comment of Rio, Therie asked, “Does he represent Nagaland people or he represents nothing?” Therie added, “If he (Rio) represents nothing, then why he should sit in the chair of people’s government”.
“He should be dismissed. This is the demand I am going to submit to the Governor,” the NPCC president demanded.