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NPCC rejoinder to NPF
Published on 15 Apr. 2009 1:55 AM IST
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Reacting to the clarification issued by the NPF over state chief minister Neiphiu Rio’s purported statement on ‘polygamy’ whereby it claimed that it had been misquoted in certain sections of the press, the NPCC has described the clarification as “double tongue.” NPCC general secretary in-charge media cell, S. Supongmeren Jamir accused Rio of speaking two things on a single issue. It said Rio had the habit of flip-flopping on important issues and denying a statement in Nagaland which he had said in Delhi and vice versa. The NPCC reiterated that the chief minister kept on changing his colours, like a “chameleon” to acclimatize with the given political situation. It slammed NPF associate press secretary, Shilumar Ao who issued the clarification and advised him not to “defend an indefensible leader of his party.” The NPCC alleged that the “immoral question” of keeping three wives by the DAN consensus candidate for the Lok Sabha, C.M. Chang was a common knowledge and also talk of all the towns and villages. The NPCC said it was unfortunate that Rio had acknowledged the concept of keeping two-three wives as a Naga way of life and culture. It also alleged that Rio, exhibiting his “deceptive behaviour,” was now trying to renounce his comment through an innocent young gentleman (Shilumar Ao) after finding the “heat unbearable.” The NPCC however asserted that the truth was left for the Naga people to judge and that the truth cannot be undone now by Rio nor accepted by anyone. It pointed out that the conduct of the DAN’s consensus candidate for the Lok Sabha election was a taboo for all the Naga Christians and called for condemning and rejecting such “undesirable conduct of our leaders.” The NPCC said it was “absurd” that the NPF’s had thoroughly diverted the important issues raised by it and instead raked up the President’s Rule issue to mislead the public It reiterated that the President’s Rule was imposed in Nagaland as per provisions enshrined in the Constitution of India. The NPCC said it has raised pertinent issues like the NPF’s approach and initiative on solution of Naga political problem, development, welfare programs, law and order management, corruption, scams and scandals, etc during the parliamentary election campaign throughout the state. It rubbished the NPF’s claim of maintaining the highest respect for the laid down Election Model Code of Conduct to strengthen democracy. In contrary, the NPCC said it had traced out as many as 12 instances of model code violation by the NPF Party like transfer of teachers, village feasts, misuse of Government machineries, cash donation, threat/intimidation to INC workers restoration of Mokokchung Municipal Advisory Council, appointment of liaison officer, tender notices etc. The NPCC claimed it was “conscious” about the rule of law and that there was not an iota of complaint against Congress Party. “Even some NPF senior leaders themselves said that there is no complaint,” it claimed.

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