DIMAPUR, May 23 - Leader of the Naga People’s Front (NPF) Legislature Party TR Zeliang has slammed the People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) Government in Nagaland for bringing “change only through words and not deeds.”
Addressing a Lok Sabha by-election rally in Zunheboto town today, Zeliang mentioned the issue of an insurance scheme for students which he had raised during the first session of the 13th Nagaland Assembly. He sought to know whether the insurance scheme would be funded by the Centre or the State.
Zeliang alleged that Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio had also tried to destablise the NPF. While calling upon the Sumi community to be vigilant against the “evil designs of Rio,” Zeliang highlighted the funds approved for Zunheboto under the previous NPF regime, which were diverted by the present PDA Government. He said the sum of Rs 2.75 crore, which was sanctioned for the development of Zunheboto town, has now been diverted.
Holding Rio responsible for the State’s financial crisis, Zeliang said: “After the one-time grant by the erstwhile Atal Bihari Vajpayee Government which brought the State deficit to zero, the earlier 11-year tenure of Rio as the Nagaland Chief Minister abnormally raised the deficit of the State to Rs 1,234 crore.”
He also stated that during the first session of the 13th Nagaland Assembly, figures were wrongly mentioned by Governor PB Acharya in his address to the House.
Zeliang said he took up the matter in the Budget session and as the Leader of Opposition he even brought it to the notice of Speaker Vikho-o Yhoshü.
On the performance of the two-month-old PDA Government, NPF spokesperson Achumbemo Kikon cited the attempts on the lives of two traders in Dimapur just a 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 the ensuing by-election by college students.
On the difference between the NPF-BJP alliance and the NDPP-BJP alliance, Kikon said the NPF was never controlled by the BJP whereas the PDA Government is under the BJP’s control. The NDPP is only playing second fiddle, he added.