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Congress hopeful of winning LS and 4 by-polls
Correspondent KOHIMA:
Published on 15 Apr. 2009 12:54 AM IST
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As the cam-paigning ended Tuesday evening, the Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) was hopeful of winning the lone Lok Sabha seat and the four bye-polls in the state, scheduled for Thursday. NPCC President KV Pusa said the people of the state would give a befitting reply to the NPF-led DAN government on April 16 and that the Congress candidates would emerge victorious in the lone Lok Sabha seat and the four bye-polls, while speaking to media persons here at Congress Bhavan. “The people will give a befitting reply to the misdemeanor of NPF-led DAN by rejecting its candidates in ‘toto’ for Lok Sabha and four by-polls,” he asserted Making a last-ditch attempt to woo voters, the NPCC President called upon the people of Nagaland to vote for “Hand” symbol to defeat the “corrupt and misrule” of NPF-led DAN government. Pusa, who toured the state as part of the election campaign claimed that the people of Nagaland were not happy with the DAN government’s functioning especially on political and economic issue and also in the field of law and order. He claimed the people felt that their properties and lives were not protected by the DAN government. Reiterating that the Congress-led UPA government fulfilled all its commitment and promises, the NPCC President regretted that the development funds given under various schemes and programme by union government were totally misused by the DAN government and that the people were not benefited at all. Pusa also alleged that the DAN government indulged in corruption activities and cited instances like - the NPSC exam paper swapping scam, roads scandal, power department, irrigation department and appointment of bogus teachers in school education departments and even deduction of 25 % of government staff salaries. He said all these things have become a regular affair and accused the government doing nothing but keeping silent. Pusa said the Congress was hoping to get 60-70 % of the votes, when asked on the claim made by state chief minister that NPF would get 80 % votes. He was also confident that the “truthful and straight forward” Nagas would be voting for the Congress party. He affirmed that the Congress would perform well in the Northeast and was also certain that it would form the next government at the centre. Three candidates - K. Asungba Sangtam (Congress), CM Chang (NPF), and Dr. Rilangthung Odyuo, All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) are in the fray for the lone Lok Sabha poll.

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