Opinion: Mr Conrad – Let Action Speak Louder Than Words

NE regional political parties' convention on Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 issue
NE regional political parties' convention on Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 issue. Photo: TIME8
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Pranab Kumar Gogoi

A tricky tweet of Prime Minister Narerndra Modi on January 28th, 2019, on the eve of congregation of 11 regional parties twisted the course of meeting proceedings held at Taj Vivanta Hotel on January 29th, 2019 in presence of Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPTF) from Tripura, Mizo National Front (MNF) from Mizoram, Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) & Naga People’s Front (NPF) from Nagaland, KHNAM & United Democratic Party (UDP) from Meghalaya. This much hyped meeting was called on by NPP and Asom Gana Parishad (AGP).

It was expected that meeting that was called on in the ambience of luxurious 5 star hotel, the strongest regional forces of the seven states of Northeast region would wage a war at Delhi but on contrary, the outcome was very shabby and confused. Political propaganda, till commencement of this meeting was loud enough to draw more expectation out of this conclave; however output was too low and undersized than average expectation of the people.  They summed up their extravaganza merely adapting only five point resolution to oppose the Controversial Bill.

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It seemed that it was just a face saving effort of all regional political parties in front of the public anger in their respective states, as AGP making much tricky effort to evade public criticism in Assam. Moreover, It is seen that in the house of ongoing session of Assam Legislative Assembly, AGP ministers are sitting on row means for the opposition, as a member of opposition party. However, they broke their alliance but not yet tendered their resignation to Governor. Instead of it, they took shelter in camouflage of Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, saying that he had not accepted their resignation. Therefore, even though the meeting was expected to be crucial, but strengths of regional parties are seen to be feeble and weak.

In order diffuse the public anger, and for consolation, they just announced that they would meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President of India Ram Nath Kovind in order to appraise the feelings of people of Northeast. The Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma presiding over the meeting denounced the possibility of forming regional alliance for joint political move.

Meanwhile, it can be recalled that tweeting to the public on the eve of the meeting on January 29th, 2019 PM Modi softly cheer-up the perplexed  souls of Northeast leaders on January 28th, 2019 that, “The BJP India is fully committed towards the development and prosperity of Assam. We will always protect the interests of the state. Several initiatives of the Central and Assam Government have contributed towards transforming lives of the citizens of Assam.” (sic)

The meeting indirectly made New Delhi happy with an impression that, NEDA was safe in the hand of alliance leaders assembled today, making a fresh road way for BJP to the Northeast again.

The views expressed by the author are personal and may not in any way represent those of TIME8.