The president of the Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC), K Therie, issued a press release on 13 August 2022 stating his views on the Chief Minister’s criticism of the NDPP merging with the BJP post 2023 Assembly Elections.
Through the press release, titled ‘Rubbing off the truth is a very difficult job’, Therie expresses his difficulty to trust the Chief Minister and gives his reasons why.
He points out that seat sharing is usually carried out after the election is announced.
“It is unusual to have a seat sharing deal signed by General Secretary, NDPP, and Shri Nalin Kohli, National Spokesperson BJP & I/C Nagaland, ignoring the President NDPP, state BJP President and the Leader of BJP in the State Assembly – that too, 7 months before election,” writes Therie.
Furthermore, Therie stresses that the “implementation of political solution” cannot be the reason for the seat sharing deal, and goes on to say that the deal has “killed the aspirations of the people for settlement.”
“If there is any sincerity and commitment, the Parliamentary Committee and the entire 60 MLA strong delegation should present the 16th July 2022 Parliamentary Committee meeting’s Resolution to Hon’ble Prime Minster and Hon’ble Union Home Minister and express the aspirations of the people. If need be, invite the Hon’ble Chief Ministers of Manipur and Arunachal for settlement,” Therie writes.
In the release, Therie points out that the Chief Minister had met the Union Home Minister along with the Chief Minister of Assam to discuss this particular issue. Questioning the sincerity of the parties involved, Therie points out that the meeting ended with only one outcome – seat sharing.
“If there was any seriousness, the UHM should not have announced that all the political problems of NE will be resolved after 2024,” states Therie, further adding that there was no mention of development matters or political solution at the meeting.
Therie ends the press release by saying, “Do not beat around the bush anymore. It is time for our age to be honest to the people.”