Mokokchung, November 23 (MTNews): The Naga People’s Front (NPF) President, Dr. Shürhozelie Liezietsu today alleged that the present Nagaland Government has no economic policy, no fiscal policy, no program for human development and has no program to safeguard the welfare of the future generation and asserted that if the party take over the Government, it will frame appropriate economic policy and make the State self-sufficient and remove dependency syndrome. The Press Bureau of NPF stated this in a release received here Wednesday evening.
Speaking to the NPF Mokokchung Division party workers here at the Mokokchung Division office, the NPF President lamented that the Nagaland State economy is nose diving and the people are not self-contained but fully dependent on others and accused the present Government of reducing the Naga people into “parasitic society.” He said, “Today, the poor become poorer and rich become richer, poverty and inequality has been raising its ugly head,” and added that the class system which was never known in the Naga society in the past is appearing fast.
“Therefore, he called upon the people that we need change urgently and stressed the need to introduce the right type of economic policy,” the release said. He also maintained that Nagaland has many capable officers to plan good economic policy for the State and that they have knowledge and capacity to implement it to make Nagaland a self-reliant State “but the present Government is lacking the encouragement and initiative and it appears they are too busy counting their money individually.”
The President also maintained that the party did not mean to blame or criticize anybody but was only telling the factual position of the present Government. He said that the party is speaking all these not because it does not like “our friends” who are running the Government but only speaking the truth because “the NPF party loves the Naga people more and the party has to liberate the Nagas from poverty and dependency.”
Defection of 21 MLAs best thing ever happened to NPF: Azo
Leader of NPF Legislature Party and Co-Chairman of UDA, Khuzoluzo (Azo) Nienu in his speech has maintained that NPF party is believed to be a “political wing of the Naga political issue and if the party dies, the Naga political issue will also die.”
While expressing his dismay over the defection of 21 MLAs, the NPF Legislature Party leader stated that true leaders need to maintain their integrity and called upon the party leaders to be truthful to the party and be nearer to God.
He added that the defection of 21 MLAs is considered the best thing ever happened to NPF and called upon the party leaders to stand firm and work hard to bring back as many MLAs to form the next government in the State.
“We defeated 59 MLAs in the 2003 state elections and we will be able to create another history with the support and hard work of party leaders, workers and supporters in the coming elections,” he asserted.
He urged the party leaders to contribute for the success of the party and not to stay in their comfort zone but work tirelessly for the party.
He also said, “If we play double standard game, then God can never bless us” and stated that with God everything is possible.
Rejuvenation process of NPF progressing at grassroots level
Former minister and NPF working president Thenucho Tunyi who also spoke on the occasion said that with the rejuvenation process of the party progressing at the grassroots level, the NPF will surely do well not only in Mokokchung district but throughout the state to form the next government and recalled that in 2003 NPF formed the government despite being the Congress regime with 59 MLAs.
He pointed out that Nagaland is among the least performing states in all aspects in the North East and asserted that NPF will turn it into a “top state.”
While maintaining that the Nagas need peace and unity for development and progress, he said that Nagas have “unique history and tradition” and NPF is the only regional party to protect the rights of the Nagas.
Former minister I Imkong, who joined the NPF party, stated in his speech that he joined the party so as to “bring up new leadership for our future generation” and stressed the need to have new and capable leadership. NPF is the right platform in producing such leaders, he said. He also called upon the people to work unitedly so that the NPF will bring a change for the Naga people.
Working President, Dr. Huskha Yepthomi and Secretary General, Achumbemo Kikon also spoke on the occasion.
The program was chaired by Mokokchung Division General Secretary (Admin), Tangit Imsong while welcome and introductory address was delivered by Mokokchung Division President, Moasangba Jamir.
Meanwhile, the Press Bureau of NPF stated that former Ministers I Imkong and Tiameren, and former MLA, Takoyaba have joined the NPF party.
Shürhozelie spells out agenda for elections
While the party is yet to officially release its election manifesto, the NPF president has spelled out some highlights of his party’s agenda for the next Nagaland Legislative Assembly elections. Addressing his party workers of Mokokchung Division on Wednesday, he spelled out a list of policies that the NPF would implement if elected to power.
He asserted that if the NPF takes over the Government, it will “work out the right type of fiscal policy by experts and that money is made available to the public by various departments, mounting figures of liability and debt will be checked, easy money will be checked, the salaries of the Government servants will be released in time and stated that fiscal discipline is established in due course of time.”
He also asserted that the party will work out policies for human development by the experts in various ways such as social, cultural, language, religion and also to set up voluntary youth brigade in all villages in collaboration with the Churches to check evils like the present unchecked flow of liquor and drugs, adding that various counseling centres will be open for HIV.
Three stalwarts join NPF
In an interesting development in the run up to the next Nagaland state assembly elections, three former legislators from Mokokchung have joined the Naga People’s Front (NPF). Former ministers I Imkong and Tiameren, and former MLA, Takoyaba joined the NPF party, the news of which was announced today. The three former legislators also attended the NPF Mokokchung Division meeting with the visiting NPF Central leadership team today at the former’s office complex.