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NPF allegation, a ‘face saver’: Cong unit
Published on 19 Apr. 2009 1:26 AM IST
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Countering the allegations leveled by NPF 17th Chizami against it with regard to the alleged assault case of INC candidate K. Therie and a former INC candidate, V. Lasuh by NPF workers, the 17th Chizami Congress unit has said that the allegations were “nothing but a face saver to divert attention from the uncivilized and undemocratic behaviour of the NPF workers and supporters in Razeba Town.” General secretary of the 17th Chizami ACC, Khrote Therie reiterated that the INC candidate detected that proxy voting was in progress but that he “merely” requested the officials and the electorate to ensure that only genuine voters exercised their franchise. It however alleged that the “ugly outcome” was due to the NPF supporters’ unwarranted aggression and undemocratic demand for the candidate to leave the polling station. It further alleged that the NPF leaders also incited the mob leading to the physical assault on former INC candidate V. Lasuh for no reason whereby he sustained head injury. “The deteriorating law and order situation and the failure of security forces to contain the barbaric onslaught was the reason K. Therie left the area so as to calm the situation and pave the way for a peaceful atmosphere at the cost of more proxy voting in favour of NPF candidate Deo Nukhu through booth capturing,” the Congress unit claimed. It said that the INC candidate could not even meet the Presiding Officer to lodge a complaint. The Congress unit said that Therie while going back to lodge a complaint in the afternoon was stopped near Tsupfume (Chobama) by the security forces headed by the sector commander, who anticipated a mob fury. With this, Therie again could not meet the Presiding Officer to lodge the complaint and the complaint had to be handed over to the Sector Magistrate, on the road itself where he was stopped, it added. By that time, a mob had gathered there charged for the second time of the day for which, he again had to leave, the Congress further claimed. It said they (NPF) must be unaware that a candidate has the right by law, to visit any polling station under the constituency from which he was contesting any number of times for any length of time. The Congress unit condemned the “uncivilized and undemocratic act of manhandling” a contesting candidate during polling and forcibly evicting him from the Polling station and area. It also called upon all right thinking citizens including those, if any, in the NPF to condemn the act. It described the NPF allegation that Daniel Nuh had accompanied Therie as “totally false and baseless.” It claimed that Therie had visited the village only once on March 31, 2009 and thereafter had not entered the village till date including Polling Day. “The allegations are totally baseless, misleading and proves that the NPF can go to any low for cheap political mileage,” the Congress unit said. It said their (NPF) wild allegations only revealed the disoriented state of mind the NPF functionaries were in as they have no explanation for the pre-meditated barbaric acts they have committed while violating the Election Code of Conduct.

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