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NPCC writes to EC on campaign feasts at Chizami A/C
Published on 3 Apr. 2009 12:58 AM IST
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Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) has informed the Election Commission of India Thursday of its objections to alleged village feasts and misuse of government machineries by the NPF candidate for 17 Chizami constituency including DAN ministers and parliamentary secretaries . The NPCC model code of conduct committee chairman Eduzu Vadeo and member Mholumo Kikon accused the ruling NPF candidate along with ministers and parliamentary secretaries and party functionaries of throwing feasts in every village where they had gone for campaigning. The NPCC committee claimed that a single feast approximately costs several lakhs of rupees and allegedly financed by ministers and parliamentary secretaries of the ruling DAN government The signatories claimed that each feast costs Rs.20,000 upwards and consisted of slaughter of several pigs, Mithuns and huge quantities of rice Giving specific allegations, the NPCC committee said the feasts were “ lavishly thrown in Porba Village (30th March, 2009), Thetsumi Village (1St April, 2009) of 17 Chizami A/C by Medical Minister, Nagaland and Parliamentary Secretary for Social Welfare” , along with the NPF candidate. It said the third phase of similar feasts are scheduled in three villages namely Lower Kho, Middle Kho and Upper Kho on April 3 . Stating that while tribal festivals were seasonal, the “meaningless feasting” lavishly thrown by ministers and parliamentary secretaries was tantamount to conspicuous influence and inducement of the innocent electorates to vote in favor of NPF. “Now that the by-election to the 17-Chizami assembly constituency goes to the poll on April 16, many village/khel feastings are randomly going on,” NPCC stated. Further, the committee alleged that ministers and parliamentary secretaries, have been randomly misusing government machineries including government vehicles/private vehicles with beacon lights and police vehicles during the election campaigns in the 17 Chizami A/C. It also alleged that the medical minister, pariamentary secretary for social welfare and the deputy chairman state planning board along with the official NPF candidate had intimidated people in Porba village on March 30. The NPPC alleged that the three government functionaries had warned the villages by saying “if you don’t give your vote for NPF Candidate for 17 Chizami A/C, you will face problem.” Taking serious note of the reports, the NPCC has stated that these amount to direct intimidation and threats to the villagers to vote against their wishes. It urged upon the Election Commission of India to look into the matter at the earliest and take action to ensure free and fair poll in the by-election to the 17 Chizami AC.

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