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(L to R) Congress party ticket holders - Wangyuh Konyak 41-Tizit A/C, Y. Vikheho Awomi 3-Dimapur –III A/C, K. Asungba Sangtam Congress Lok Sabha nominee, H. Wongto Chang 54th Tuensang Sadar-II A/C and K. Therie 17th Chizami A/C, with Congress leaders (behind) during a ticket distribution ceremony in Kohima. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, MAR 24 (NPN):
Published on 25 Mar. 2009 12:48 AM IST
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Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) on Tuesday officially handed over party tickets its candidates of the four by-polls and the Lok Sabha election, here at Congress Bhavan, Kohima. NPCC President KV Pusa handed over the tickets to Y. Vikheho Awomi for 3-Dimapur –III A/C, K. Therie for 17th Chizami A/C, W. Wangyuh Konyak for 41-Tizit A/C and H. Wongto Chang for 54th Tuensang Sadar-II A/C for the four-by-polls and K. Asungba Sangtam for the Lok Sabha seat from Nagaland. In his address, Pusa alleged that the NPF-led DAN leaders had invested huge amount of public funds for purchasing MLAs, party leaders and workers besides filing their private coffers. Pusa also maintained that the DAN government had destroyed the entire fabric of “our” society in terms of political, social, economic, administrative apparatus etc. The NPCC president however claimed that the Congress party in line with the Congress-led UPA’s policies, programs and commitment, was prepared to rebuild and restore the damages done by done by the DAN government in Nagaland. “By concentrating our unity and understanding we shall strive to create a new beginning with a clear and new vision to ensure a happy, contended and prosperous future of our people” he added. Pusa pointed out that the Congress-led UPA government in the last five years had done so much for the entire nation for which people of all hues were fully satisfied with the delivery by the central government. “Whereas other states are reaping the fruits of Congress-UPA, the people of Nagaland are facing the onslaught of corruptions wave after wave,” Pusa lashed out while accusing the NPF-led DAN government of misappropriating crores of rupees granted by the Congress-led UPA government including special packages and various UPA programs. AICC Observer, Subhas Chopra said those resigned MLAs now have no moral right to contest the by-polls again and opined that the voters of the respective constituencies should not be taken for a ride. Stating that an elected MLA should work for the welfare of the people and do something which would benefit the state, Chopra said “nobody should take the path for personal gain.” The Observer felt that the Congress had chosen the right persons to fight in the upcoming elections and pointed that the ticket holders were an experienced team and youthful. Convener of the Nagaland Pradesh Congress Election Coordination Committee (NPCECC), K. L. Chishi said that the Congress should fight the election with a big heart and with a national perspective. He also reiterated that the main agenda for Congress in the polls would be the settlement of the “Indo-Naga” issue. Chishi questioned the four former Congress MLAs who were now contesting on NPF tickets, as to why were seeking the mandate again after resigning from their seats and added “they have vested interest.” He reminded that K. Asungba was the right person to represent the state in the Lok Sabha saying that the candidate represented the aspiration of the Nagas. Chishi also pointed out that an MP from the regional party would be taking a backseat in the parliament with the name tag “Not Attached”. MLA, I. Imkong, said that the Congress got the highest vote percentage in the last assembly elections and opined that the Congress would comfortable win the seats with more than 50 % of the votes if the same trend continued. Leader of Opposition, Chingwang Konyak said the Congress party was going to polls with the achievement of Congress-led UPA government. Speaking on behalf of the candidates, K. Therie lashed out at the NPF-led DAN government for tying up with communal force to run the state government and urged the people to condemn the alliance, adding that Nagaland was a Christian state. He also alleged that there were lots of scams and anomalies under Rio’s regime as state chief minister and called upon the people of Nagaland to give a befitting reply in the upcoming elections. Earlier, the function was chaired by NPCC general secretary, Asu Kehyo, ex MLA,.

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