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Congress slams Rio’s statements
DIMAPUR, APR 11 (NPN):
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Published on 12 Apr. 2009 12:29 AM IST
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Reacting to state chief minister, Neiphiu Rio’s statement that he forgave the Congress for not knowing what it was doing and also claiming he was not fighting against any national party but only the state Congress in the current election, the NPCC said it was “quite amused” to observe that Rio has contradicted himself by exposing a “chameleon character”. NPCC, Media Cell Chairman, R. Paphino said Rio was changing “his political colour every few kilometers kms” when he had spoke vehemently against the Delhi Indian National Congress a few days back and now stating he was not fighting with national parties. “If he is not fighting against Indian National Congress, is Rio fighting with other Regional Parties or BJP?” the NPCC asked. The Congress said Rio was branded as “Varun of the East” because of his strong anti-centre and anti-constitutional statements “unbecoming of a constitutional head of a State”. The NPCC alleged that Rio, in order to gain an electoral mileage spoke “more like a rebel leader than the chief minister of a State within the Union of India”. The NPCC asked Rio to spell out the harm which the Congress has done to the Nagas. The Congress said it viewed his statements as contradictory because, on one side he projected himself as the champion of the Christians but on the other side admitting that BJP - the communal “anti-Christian” party- was part of the DAN Government. NPCC further accused the chief minister of being a “confused man today and that his confused statement was an indication that his days in power were numbered”. The chief minister also came under attack from the NPCC for his statement in defence of the DAN’s consensus candidate, CM Chang, wherein it alleged, Rio said marrying and living with two-three wives was accepted in the Naga society. The NPCC said Rio’s clean chit on polygamy was a “height of hypocrisy.” The party also said it viewed Rio’s statement on the issue as “an insult to the Naga Christian community” as he (Rio) had directly challenged the authority of the Church which permitted monogamy. The NPCC also said it could not comprehend the fact that Chang was keeping three wives from the same father and mother. NPCC asserted that the “misconduct” required attraction of ex-communication from the Christian community rather than begging for votes in the parliamentary election. It alleged that while Rio may have been defending his candidate to regularize the “immoral behaviour” of some of his colleagues who were keeping “shadow wives and mistresses.” According to the NPCC, personal life of a public leader becomes a public life the moment he enters the public domain in electoral politics. It also went further in pointing out that as per the service rules, the services of any government employee may be terminated on account of polygamy. NPCC slams DAN Meanwhile, the Congress castigated the “high rhetoric” of the NPF and DAN leaders for harping on Naga political issue which has remained unsettled for many years despite tall promises by the political parties. Addressing a Congress party meeting at Porba village under Chizami assembly constituency Friday, NPCC President, K V Pusa said the political rhetoric of the NPF and the DAN leaders were nothing but just to woo the “innocent” Naga electorate to win the elections. He said it has become the habit of the DAN leaders to talk too much on Naga political issue during the elections and dump the issue after the elections. Pusa said NPF’s assurance to bring settlement to the Naga issue was highly objectionable and unacceptable for any sensible person. “When they do not know what is being discussed and proposed between the centre and the undergrounds, there is no question of brining solution by the NPF,” the Congress leader said. He also claimed that the ruling DAN was totally ignorant of the discussions and status of the ongoing Naga talks and that their talking of the settlement was laughable and absurd. The NPCC asked the DAN to concentrate on development and economic aspects of the state rather than making high rhetoric on Naga issue which was beyond their capability. Appealing the voters of Chizami constituency to cast their votes for K. Therie, the NPCC president said only the Congress could deliver goods to the people as the DAN has miserably failed on all fronts and that corruption has taken the centre stage leaving the people to their own mercy. Terming the four former Congress legislators as “purchasable items,” Pusa said Naga voters should reject such persons whose integrity was highly questionable. “This is a time to check unprincipled and greedy politicians with collective efforts,” said Pusa. He also described K. Asungba Sangtam as “man of integrity, honest and truthful” unlike C M Chang, whom the Congress has questioned about his morality. He said Sangtam would be the right and capable person to represent Naga people at the centre, where he was expected to expose the cause of Naga people to a maximum extent. The PCC president was accompanied by Sanjay Bhabna and incharge of Phek district Tokheho Yepthomi.

 
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