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ZUNHEBOTO, May 23 (NEPS): Leader of Opposition, TR Zeliang ridiculed the PDA Government’s talks of bringing change in the State as only “words” and not “deeds.”
Addressing a Public Rally here at Zunheboto Town on Wednesday, Zeliang recalled the issue of Students Insurance Scheme which he had raised during the first Session of the 13th Legislative Assembly. Stating that he was yet to receive a reply from the ruling Government, he raised this issue again while addressing the Public Rally as to whether the Insurance Scheme was ‘a Centrally Sponsored Scheme or a State funded Scheme.’ He wondered as to “how they are going to implement it?” and further queried as to whether the said Scheme had ‘any linkage with third party companies’ and whether it was ‘free for all’ or certain premium was to be paid by the beneficiaries.
Citing incidents on how the present Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio attempted to sow seeds of division and instability within the NPF Party, Zeliang said his (Rio) projected G. Kaito Aye as CM candidate which gave rise to endless crisis and hardships to the people of Nagaland. ‘However now that Rio is in power, G. Kaito Aye is being sidelined and preference is given to the newly elected members in the Cabinet,’ he added.
While calling upon the Sumi community ‘to be vigilant against the evil designs of Rio lest more capable Sumi leaders are sacrificed at the altar of Rio’s political game for power and wealth,’ Zeliang also highlighted sanctions approved for Zunheboto under the previous NPF regime which was diverted by PDA Government recently. ‘Rs. 2.75 Crores which was sanctioned for the development of Zunheboto Town has now been diverted leaving zero penny for the Town,’ he said.
Taking a dig at Rio for the State’s financial crisis, the NPF Legislature Party leader said ‘after the one time grant by the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Government which brought the State deficit to Zero, the 11-year tenure of Rio as the CM of Nagaland abnormally brought the deficit of the State to Rs. 1234 crores at the time of his departure for Delhi.’
It is worth mentioning here that during the first Session of the 13th Legislative Assembly, the figures were wrongly mentioned by Governor, PB Acharya while addressing the House. It said the matter was taken up for debate at the Budget Session even Zeliang as Leader of Opposition brought the matter to the notice of the Speaker, Er. Vikho-o Yhoshü, in written asking for the reconciled figure from the RBI. There is so far no response from the the Speaker till date, it added.
On the performance of the 2-month old PDA Government, NPF Spokesperson, Achumbemo Kikon cited the unfortunate incidents of ‘two life attempts made on business people in Dimapur just few weeks after Rio took over as the Chief Minister, the closure of petrol pumps in Nagaland in protest against the kidnapping of a driver and handyman and the boycott of by-election by the College Students community.’ Ridiculing National Secretary General of BJP in-charge of NE Region, Ram Madhav and Rio for the present mess in the State, Kikon said that ‘Ram Madhav has been appointed as Teacher of BJP & RSS while he has engaged Rio as proxy local Teacher to confuse the Christian population in Nagaland.’
On the difference between NPF-BJP alliance and NDPP-BJP alliance, Kikon said that ‘NPF was never controlled by BJP whereas PDA Government is today controlled by BJP and NDPP is playing second fiddle to a de-facto BJP Government.’
The NPF candidate for the Lok Sabha By-Election, C Apok Jamir said the upcoming election was ‘not a contest between two tribes but a contest between two different ideologies which is issue-based.’ Calling upon the Nagas to vote for NPF in order to protect the interest, identity and religion of the Nagas, Jamir said that NPF was ‘the true voice of the Naga People.’
Also addressing the gathering, Yitachu called upon the people to send the right person to represent the Nagas in the Parliament. ‘Send the right person so that the Government of India will listen to us and this is the right time for us to come together and work together,’ he appealed.
Others who spoke at the rally included Vikheho Swu, Dr. Chumben Murry and Huska Yepthomi.