DPP’s “tall claim” was nothing short of “hilarious” with 99 percent of the people in Facebook and other social media platforms trolling the NDPP for their comical posturing, says RPP
By Imna Longchar, TFM Nagaland Correspondent
The Rising People’s Party (RPP) has on Monday challenged ruling Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) of Nagaland to participate in a “live debate” on the recent claim that the party stood for “transparency, accountability, meritocracy and good governance” while responding to RPP’s demand for President’s Rule in Nagaland.
Stating that NDPP’s “tall claim” was nothing short of “hilarious” with 99 percent of the people in Facebook and other social media platforms trolling the NDPP for their comical posturing, the RPP in a press statement affirmed that it was “dead serious” and would like to conduct the debate in a town hall/college auditorium in front of a “live audience” for which the NDPP is strongly urged to walk the talk and accept the proposal.
RPP while once again appealing to the government of India (GoI) to impose “President’s Rule” in Nagaland, for having failed on all fronts, it said the present UDA coalition government is even unable to dispense the salaries of its 130,000 employees including the tens of thousands of “work-charge” employees whose salaries are still pending for the last one and half years.
Stating that there was needless to say that there is a breakdown of “constitutional machinery” in the state, RPP mentioned that as far as corruption is concerned, the severe indictment of the UDA coalition by the government of India through NITI Aayog was more than enough to settle the debate.
Saying that last year, the NITI Aayog labelled Nagaland as the “worst performing state” in six parameters – Poverty, Health, Affordable energy, Sustainable cities, Industry and Infrastructure, again in the month of April this year, the NITI Aayog one again put Nagaland in the “worst performing state category” as per its State Energy and Climate Index (SECI) where Nagaland secured rank 33 out of 35 states and UTs.
Under the circumstances, RPP said the dismissive claim of the NDPP that issues of corruption and non-disbursement of salaries are inconsequential is utterly disrespectful, immoral and shameful.
“Article 365 is a compelling feature of the Indian Constitution, and President’s Rule is more than applicable in a failed state such as ours”, added RPP.
It further informed the NDPP to contact [email protected] in order to work out the modalities for the debate.