5 years of BJP rule has left the country unstable: Dr. S.C Jamir

Correspondent UNGMA (MOKOKCHUNG), APR 6 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/6/2019 12:27:29 PM IST

Veteran Naga politician and former governor and five-time chief minister of Nagaland, Dr. S.C. Jamir Saturday said that the 5-year rule of the BJP-led NDA government has left the country unstable and therefore the secular parties were rallying together to save the country from an “impending perilous situation.”

Addressing a joint rally of the Congress and NPF  parties for INC candidate (Lok Sabha) KL Chishi at Babu Tsubu, Ungma here on Saturday, Dr. Jamir, stated that because of the “communal BJP and its allies”, all secular parties in the country have combined together to fight this election.

He said that the Congress party since India’s independence had ruled the country by taking people of all races and religious beliefs on board. Dr. Jamir said he was opposed to the BJP’s ideology of “one nation, one people, one religion.” 

The veteran politician also stated that the world recognizes the Nagas as a distinct people because of their cultural identity and Christian faith. However, he said that this “Naga identity” was at risk of being wiped out by the onslaught of the BJP-NDA ideologies and asked if any Naga would want to accept a government that stands to destroy the Naga identity. 

He said that the Congress, NPF and other likeminded parties rallying together against the BJP-NDPP was not for money or power but to safeguard the Naga people. He also urged Ungma villagers to seek divine wisdom and vote for the secular Congress party’s candidates to salvage the village’s reputation for posterity’s sake.

Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) president, K Therie, who also addressed the joint rally, said that the Congress party joining forces with NPF and other like-minded parties was solely for the sake of safeguarding Nagaland and the Naga people. 

Maintaining that Congress stood for unity in diversity, Therie said the party was fighting the ensuing Lok Sabha elections to uphold secularism, scrap the Citizenship Amendment Bill and to find a solution to the Naga political problem. 

Appealing for Alemjongshi, Congress candidate for the by-election to 26 Aonglengden constituency, the NPCC president said Alemjongshi was a mature and experienced leader, adding that he would, if elected, be the “salt” in the Nagaland Legislative Assembly.

Former chief minister and leader of opposition, TR Zeliang, also said that NPF rallying with Congress was an “issue-based support” and the coming together of “secular forces.”  Stating that the NPF and Congress protested the CAB, he said NPF also stood for protecting the rights of the Naga people. 

Appealing to the conscience of the people, Zeliang said that Congress would lose the elections if it was to be decided by money, but added Congress would win if it was about policies. A vote for Congress is proof that Nagas are not fooled, said Zeliang.

Congress candidate for the Lok Sabha, KL Chishi, said that this election was not about money, power or privilege, but about safeguarding the Naga people. He thanked the oldest regional party in the region, NPF, for their support. Chishi also promised that he would stand for the cause of the Naga people, protect their faith, their way of life and their integrity as a Member of Parliament, if elected. 

Claiming that BJP has plans to amend the Constitution of India to make the country a “Hindu Republic,” Chishi said that he was contesting to fight against the “demonic rule” of BJP and NDPP. Chishi assured that he would treat all Nagas equally for growth and development.

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