Dimapur: The Rising People’s Party (RPP) said today that it “vehemently opposes the recent notification of the Principal Director, Health and Family Welfare department on September 17, 2022 directing chief medical officers/medical superintendents of all the districts to assist BJP medical camps to be conducted from September 19, to October 1, 2022 by the party.”
As per the letter, Health Minister Pangyu Phom and BJP Nagaland unit directed the Principal Director of the Health department to issue the direction, according to an RPP press statement.
The RPP reminded the Minister and BJP Nagaland unit that this order is illegal and unconstitutional. The RPP also said that the Health department is not an extension of the BJP party apparatus nor are the CMOs/MS/employees of the Health department party Karyakatas that the BJP can give directions or utilize the department’s service at will.
“If the BJP Nagaland unit wants to organize medical camps, it is free to do so with their own resources and their own paid doctors or approach charitable bodies like Lion’s Club and Rotary Club,” the RPP also said.
The statement then said that there is a limit to everything and “if the Principal Director’s notification is not rescinded/withdrawn within three days of the publication of this letter, the Rising People’s Party will resort to agitation.”
The RPP then said that, as the Chief Minister of the state, Neiphiu Rio may also note the outrageous and condemnable maneuvering of his own cabinet colleagues and alliance partners which apart from undermining his own authority also portrays the picture that the Chief Minister is now a mute spectator with no real authority.
“Once again, the RPP reiterates that the unacceptable letter should be withdrawn within the stipulated time,” it added.