Kohima: The Rising People’s Party (RPP) of Nagaland has said that the demand for President’s Rule in the state by the party was not related to the Naga solution, but the undeniable fact that the state machinery has totally collapsed.
Responding to criticism of the party for demanding President’s Rule in the state by the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) President Chingwang Konyak, in a statement the RPP said that it is ‘open knowledge’ that the NDPP led Government does not want ‘Naga Solution.’
It claimed that NDPP formed the ‘opposition less’ Government under the garb of facilitating Solution, but he himself knows that the real reason was to freely divert 1000s of Crores of state and Central funds into individual pockets without opposition from any quarters.
It said, “Would the NDPP President care explaining why Government servants are not being paid for the last 4 to 5 months or 15, 000 work-charge employees are being denied salary for the last 3 years? Does it not prick his conscience that while he’s undertaking the so-called ‘Presidential tour’ of the districts making loud noises about Naga Solution, hundreds of Government schools are pouring out with ‘NIL Results’ and this year is going to be no exception?”
The RPP quoted Konyak as saying, “Naga solution depends on the signing of an agreement with the Government of India whether or not there is President’s Rule.”
Explaining that its reason for demanding President’s Rule was not related to the Naga solution, RPP is of the opinion that the NDPP President, “Instead of making such a ridiculous statement” should have facilitated the resignation of all 60 MLAs by now, “if at all he was serious about Naga Solution,” it said.
The RPP reacted to the NDPP’s purported statement that democracy is not for President’s Rule, but only the democratically elected representatives must run the Government, and questioned as to which democracy he was referring to “When the very fabric of democracy that is transparency and accountability, has been completely destroyed by his Government.”
The RPP further reminded that Nagaland is now a failed state and it happened under his watch.” It is important that senior leaders behave responsibly, the statement added.