Zeliang says NPF will pull out of BJP partnership including in ManipurIMPHAL | May 18
The Naga People’s Front (NPF) has apparently made its stance clear and agreed in “principle” to pull out of the BJP led coalition Government in Manipur.
Confirming this issue on social media, former chief minister of Nagaland and top brass of the NPF, TR Zeliang on a post on facebook today said, “After an intense deliberation and review meeting with the party functionaries and the NPF MLAs of Manipur state, the NPF party has decided in principle to pull out our 4 NPF MLAs from the BJP led government in Manipur headed by N Biren Singh after the election process of the Lok Sabha is completed”.
While the update went viral on social media, no official statement was released by the NPF to this regards. Attempts were made by IFP to contact NPF party leaders both in Manipur and Nagaland but none of them (party leaders) responded to our calls.
Meanwhile, the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) has contended that the statements of the NPF and its leader of opposition with regard to its stand in Manipur is nothing but a sign of directionless leadership and indication that the NPF leadership continues to play a constant double game.
NDPP is a major coalition partner of BJP in Nagaland.
In a statement issued by NDPP said, “In Nagaland, the BJP is painted as a Hindutva party but in Manipur the NPF has always been in alliance with the BJP to the extent of having a minister in the BJP led Manipur cabinet”.
It is also a fact that in the eyes of the NPF, as long as it was in alliance with the BJP, they had no problems with the party but once the NPF landed in opposition it started being critical of the BJP from every possible angle, it alleged.
It pointed out that NFP president, Dr. Shurhozelie has gone to the extent of saying that the BJP is a natural ally of the NPF but now he claims that the BJP is a Hindu party, it added.
The NPF president, who has claimed to be a regionalist to the core, has voted for the Congress in the recent Lok Sabha elections and his party leaders led by the Leader of Opposition, T. R. Zeliang and Rajya Sabha MP K. G. Kenye have even shared the dais with the Congress party during Rahul Gandhi’s rally in Dimapur, heaping praise on the Congress, it further alleged.
“This is not the first time that the NPF President has discarded his regional ideology for the sake of personal benefit. In the past too, he contested as an independent candidate with the symbol of Bus and made the absurd claim that he did it to rescue the cock symbol”, it held.
To add insult to its own injury, the NPF has stated that it is reconsidering its alliance with the BJP in Manipur after the Lok Saba elections! it pointed out.
Noting that the leader of opposition has also made a statement that it will pull out of its alliance with the BJP after the Lok Sabha results, the NDPP questioned, “Who are they trying to fool? If they want to pull out, why not now? Why after the Lok Sabha results?”
The NDPP critcised that the ridiculous approach speaks volumes of the lack of integrity and commitment on the part of the NPF and its leaders.
It assured the people and its alliance partners that it will never be involved in such double standards and we will always uphold the mandate of the people.
“We continue to respect the spirit of our alliance and we will continue to conduct ourselves with political maturity by upholding truth. The NDPP will continue to reflect the aspirations of the people and we will always carry the voice of the masses”, it said.
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