NPF office in Kohima Naga
File image: NPF office in Kohima

The Opposition Naga People’s Front (NPF) on Wednesday rejected the People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) government’s claim of achievements in the last two years in office.

The PDA government made the announcement of its “achievements” during its second anniversary celebration here on Monday.

The press bureau of the party said the state government has failed to bring about any new projects even after completing two years in office.

It said the government is only continuing the old works which were initiated by the previous NPF-led Democratic Alliance of Nagaland government and that too in a haphazard manner.

Alleging that the second year of the government marked with more controversies than the first year, the NPF said the Naga public is the best witness.

“We have seen how the PDA government under chief minister Neiphiu Rio and deputy chief minister Y. Patton talked about good governance and transparency,” the party said in a statement.

It said the CM’s utterances during the celebration are “indeed unbelievable” as the state government failed to bring any new scheme and project during the past two years despite having close proximity to the central government.

The BJP is a partner in the coalition government of Nagaland.

“What more can the people of Nagaland expect from the remaining years of the present government when the working relations between the ruling coalition partners in the state are getting soar day by day,” it said.

The government’s promise to provide good roads first within 30 days, then in 60 days and then again in 100 days and repair all the district roads was a total failure even after lapse of two years, it said.

The NPF said the road projects in sectors like Dimapur-Golaghat gate to Patkai Bridge and Kohima bypass check gate to Phesama check gate, which were supposed to be completed in 2019, have not been completed.

The workmanship is not as per the specification given by the Union ministry of road transport and highways, it alleged.

On the PDA government’s proclamation of a successful conclusion of talks on the Naga political issue on October 31, 2019, it said, “Till date no outcome was heard of forget about the solution to the protracted Naga political problem.”

The NPF wondered as to why the PDA government did not even raise its eyebrow over the denial of the central government to some of the Naga civil society leaders/ rights activists to travel outside the country.

The party also raised questions over leaders/activists being barred from travelling abroad when the Centre is still engaged in peace talks with the Naga national leaders and the negotiation is at “its peak”.

The NPF ridiculed the PDA government saying that it’s another interesting achievement is random and backdoor appointments in almost all the government departments.

It questioned what the PDA government means by transparency when thousands of vacancies in the government sector had been filled without proper interviews and following proper norms.

This clearly indicates the insincerity of the PDA government towards the educated unemployed youths by depriving their rights.

Bhadra Gogoi is Northeast Now Correspondent in Nagaland. He can be reached at: