In a press statement by Naga People’s Front, the members strongly rejected Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio’s recent statement in the media. The statement by Rio about the opposition party voicing for the extra tax levied on petroleum products by his PDA Government as ‘barking’, is nothing “but a sheer sign of arrogance” stated the release.
The release took a jab at the minister by stating that the minister might have “exhausted with other words to defend himself.”
The release posed a question for CM Rio of “How can a Chief Minister of a State behave like a dictator and trying to shut the mouth of the opposition party for opposing his Government ‘cruel decision’ over the heavy tax levied on petroleum’?
NPF even pointed out that Rio’s government has failed to drain the public money in the name of ‘Covid-Cess’ and that his government has again come up with a new formula to extract public money.
On Friday Rio termed the State Government’s decision to increase the tax on petrol and diesel as a “normal hike.” He added that the fuel prices in the state were still lower in comparison to other neighbouring states. While interacting with media persons he said, “That is a normal hike and our price is lower than our neighbouring states… still we are below our neighbouring states.”
Upon being probed by the media to comment on NPF’s stand who termed the increase in tax as a “cruel decision” by the state government and demanding an immediate rollback, Rio replied, “it is the duty of the opposition to keep on barking.”
“It is a known fact that every state is running through difficult times due to the pandemic but the Government has no right to drain the public pocket at the cost of their livelihood. There are many ways and means where the Government can regain its deficit but not through the right of the people to Food and Shelter,” said NPF.
NPF further warned the Naga public to not be carried out by the CM’s statement of petroleum prices in Nagaland being lower than the other neighbouring states. “When our neighbouring states like Manipur, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh to mention a few and whose states, the transportation route covers more distant than our state is cheaper in petroleum rate, then how can the Chief Minister claimed that even after his Government impose huge tax percentage, Nagaland petroleum prices is still lower than other neighbouring states?” added the release.