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NPCC reiterates call for electing ‘god-fearing, secular’ government

Published on 24 Feb. 2018 12:57 AM IST
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Reiterating its “serious concern” for Nagaland, Congress said installation of a “god-fearing and secular-minded” government was the only way to salvage the society from being transformed “into Hindutva.”
Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) president K. Therie in a statement remarked that his party wanted the electorate to support secularism, God-fearing and corruption-free government for finding a solution to the decades-old Naga political problem. He promised that Congress was committed to stand by these virtues.
Therie lamented that the State’s electorate had changed and that the democratic process of electing representatives through conscious voting had given way to “who could pay more”.
“We have lost inherent values of honesty, decency and Christian principles. Accepting and demanding cash and vehicles have become the new trend,” he added.
The NPCC president attributed the change in electoral behaviour to the two Assembly elections of 2008 and 2013, besides the corrupt government, which transformed the people as they developed the culture of fulfilling their aspirations before the elections as they believed that they would not see their MLAs after election.
Pointing out that in other nations people elected their representatives based on their stand on issues and prospects for the future, he regretted that here more than 80% voters considered corruption normal.
“They do not believe in issues or think of the future. They only think of getting some quick cash or material benefit. This is most unfortunate for Nagaland,” he added.
Meanwhile, further upping his rant against the BJP-NDPP alliance, the NPCC president remarked that it would be foolish to expect change from the coalition who had completely ruined Nagaland’s culture, infrastructure and systems.
Ridiculing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s promise of providing a corruption-free government, he alleged that the PM’s party was aligning with some of the most corrupt leaders of the previous government.
According to him, the Prime Minister’s promise of development will not fool the people of Nagaland as the latter had not forgotten the empty promises being made since 2014. Perhaps the change BJP-NDPP would bring was to collectively loot the State for another five years and leave a legacy of debt, he quipped.
Therie reminded the people that Modi would not be in office after May 2019 and forever, adding that India was tired of his false promises.
Stating that voting for Hindutva brigade would be foolishness, the NPCC president urged the electorate not to cast their votes in favour of the persecutors of Christians and other minorities. He claimed that only Congress believed in freedom of religion, culture and customs, while BJP believed in a Uniform Civil Code, one nation, one religion, one law and one tax.
Predicting that the verdict of 2018 Assembly election would be either for secularism or communalism, Therie called for educating “innocent” voters as the poll outcome would change the course of “our society” and the present way of life might become history.
“I appeal to every voter to cast your vote consciously,” he concluded.

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