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‘Stop bluffing Naga’s, Words and Assurances are not achievements’

IT News
Imphal, Oct 15,

Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee  today slammed the BJP Nagaland and its leaders saying that they just parroting the words of their high command when it comes to bluffing the Naga’s.
“We however expect the Chief Spokesman of state BJP who is a former Congress Youth President to do better rather than indulge in unhealthy use of words bereft of decency and distortion of history’, the statement added.

 The statement further added that the state of Nagaland was gifted by the then Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru who went out of the way to pass the Nagaland Statehood Bill despite opposition and dissenting voices in Parliament. We owe all what we have today to the Congress party and its leaders that gave us the benefit of Statehood and Article 371A where our religion, culture, social practices, land and its resources are protected. Therefore, Congress alone has the moral right to speak about the history of Nagaland state.
 Moreover, the current peace process is a culmination of Congress commitment to the people of Nagaland when former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi announced in Dimapur election rally in May 1991, two days before his tragic death in Sriperumbudur, offering talks with Naga Political Groups without any pre conditions. This commitment was fulfilled by the then Prime Minister Narashima Rao who sent out various political emissaries in contacting leaders of Naga Political Groups that finally resulted in ceasefire being signed in July 1997 and beginning of peace talks that is continuing till today.
BJPs role in Naga Political Peace process is only limited to words and assurances. During 2014 Lok Sabha elections, BJP and its PM candidate Narendra Modi assured Naga political solution within 18 months of coming to power. The much acclaimed Naga Accord/Naga Framework Agreement signed on Aug 3, 2015 which Prime Minister Modi claimed to have solved the decades old Naga Problem forever and that too on foreign soil (Dubai), is yet to see the light of the day. In Mar 2018, the Governor of Nagaland proudly promised Naga political solution within 6 months, but it has stretched into 8 months without any signs of conclusion.
Therefore, when BJP Nagaland questions Congress contribution to the state and in the Naga political peace process, it only exposes their (BJP) hollowness and bankruptcy of ideas to address issues faced by the state. The only achievement of BJP is to keep bluffing people and the nation. This was candidly admitted by their senior leader and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari that BJP indulged in making tall promises to win elections and when people reminds them of promises, they just laugh and move on, the statement said.
Today, all the regional parties in Nagaland have become the B team of BJP and have lost track of governance issues other than fool the people with assurances of development and peace that is never forthcoming. BJP Nagaland is therefore reminded that ‘words and assurances’ are not achievements as they mistakenly believe. Congress will not be deterred in voicing out issues of public importance while exposing BJPs hollowness and cheap rhetoric’s manufactured to fool the people of Nagaland.

Rinku Khumukcham

Rinku Khumukcham, Editor of Imphal Times has more than 15+ years in the field of Journalism. A seasoned editor, was a former editor of ISTV News. He resides in Keishamthong Elangbam Leikai, with his wife and parents.

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