DIMAPUR, Jan 20 - With the beginning of the campaign for the civic body elections in Nagaland, two major allies of Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) � NPF and BJP � are engaged in political slugfests.
Former Minister in DAN Government and BJP leader Kheto Sema described NPF as a �Non-Performing Front or Non-Progressive Front�, taking a dig at its major ally.
He was speaking at the launching of BJP election campaign for Dimapur Municipal Council. He accused NPF-led Government of not performing its duties and said it had made no progress in any developmental activities.
�Under NPF rule, the roads have become deplorable, no health care facilities, no payment of salaries to government employees, etc.,� he alleged. Kheto also recalled how the previous BJP-led NDA Government had rescued the State from financial deficit and urged the people to extend support to BJP, which believed in action.
The BJP had also submitted a memorandum to the Governor with serious allegations of corruption against its alliance partner NPF, and sent the list of complaints to BJP central leaders.
BJP members were reportedly divided over continuing with the alliance in view of not being informed even on the issue of dropping BJP Parliamentary Secretary.
Hitting back at Kheto, the NPF demanded immediate clarification from State BJP leadership on his remark. The party asked Kheto whether he was ignorant of the facts or merely making wild allegations for the sake of rhetoric and asked him to stop bragging carelessly as people have become more matured.
The NPF said it was not interested in meddlling in the internal affairs of the BJP, but since BJP legislators are part and parcel of the present government, it wanted the alliance partner to behave like a responsible ally rather than behaving like an irresponsible opposition party.
NPF claimed that despite challenges and �thorniest tasks� faced by the State, the NPF-led Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) Government has been working to create a clean and self reliant society by keeping the welfare of the people as its top priority.