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AICC questions DAN on central funds

AICC Secy (i/c Nagaland) Sanjay Bapna (L) addressing party workers in Mokokchung on Saturday, Feb 20. Also seen in the picture are MLA Sentichuba, NPCC President I. Imkong and MLA C. Apok Jamir (L-R).
Published on 22 Feb. 2010 1:46 AM IST
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Lambasting the NPF-led DAN Government for its poor governance, the AICC secretary in-charge of Nagaland, Sanjay Bapna has questioned the state government as to where hundreds of crores sanctioned by the Congress-led UPA government at the centre had “vanished.” “The roads are pathetic. There is constant load shedding, no drinking water supply, education has taken a backseat, women and children are neglected and the condition of the common man’s life is in a deplorable condition under the DAN Government’s rule. There is no semblance of development at all,” Bapna said during the first phase of a statewide tour with NPCC President I. Imkong and other Congressmen which they undertook from February 18 to 20 covering the districts of Mon, Longleng, Mokokchung and Zunheboto. Bapna called upon the Congress workers to start democratic agitations and dharnas against the state government. He said that the Congress party being a responsible opposition in the state had a moral duty to go to the people at the grassroots, listen to and understand their problems and take up issues with the government which concerned the welfare of the people. “There are problems on each and every issue which relates to the people. Ministers in the state government and those in power are siphoning off funds and are developing their personal assets. The people should ask from which source are the ministers developing their assets,” he asserted. Lamenting the apathy of the DAN government towards establishment and development of industries in the state, the AICC secretary said that the DAN government has miserably failed to promote industries, business and commerce. “Insecurity is high here because of rampant extortion. No one from outside wants to invest here. There are no employment opportunities because there are no industries here. The youth who study outside refuse to come back to state as there are no job opportunities and are continuing to stay and work outside. Look at the states ruled by the Congress. Development is very high in those states. There are numerous job opportunities there,” he said. Dismissing rumors about the Congress toppling the DAN government, Bapna said that the Congress, being an honourable political party would respect the mandate of the people to stay in the Opposition. He dissuaded the people from expecting the Congress to form a government in the state at the present juncture and instead challenged the party workers to go on an intensive membership drive and win over the hearts of the people in order to form the government three years down the line. Citing Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi’s example of declining positions of power such as prime minister and cabinet minister respectively, Bapna said that it was an example which only they could have set because they were concerned towards strengthening of the party. “No one will be able to sacrifice like them. We should follow their example and dedicate ourselves to work for the party. Whenever there is some calamity or disaster, Madam Sonia ji is the first to reach and extend relief to the affected people. Rahul ji had declined cabinet post because he wants to bring the youth of India into active participation in politics,” Bapna said. The AICC secretary further explained the process of enrolment and informed the party workers to attach passport photograph to the enrolment forms. He also said that the AICC in its meeting last year had decided to do away with ‘active’ and ‘primary’ membership and henceforth there would be only a single form of membership. Informing that the Congress party which was formed on December 28, 1885 would complete 125 years of service to the nation on December 28, 2010, he conveyed good wishes of AICC president and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, prime minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and AICC general secretary and M.P. Rahul Gandhi to the people of Nagaland. NPCC president I. Imkong who embarked on his maiden tour after assuming presidentship, pledged to work for the betterment, strengthening and development of the Congress party in Nagaland. “I will not be able to discharge my duties effectively without your active, continued support. I request and solicit your support and cooperation at all times for the development and progress of the Congress party,” he told party workers. Sounding a wake up call to action, Imkong said, “Let us shed all past mistakes and feelings. I call upon each and every one of you to join hands, rise up together in one spirit so that together we can bring about changes.” The NPCC president assured that there was no difference in opinion or approach amongst the Congress leaders and workers. He also expounded on the enrolment criteria and asked the Congress workers at the constituency and district level to go on a massive enrolment drive and increase the strength of the party. In Mon, MLA and former CLP leader, Chingwang Konyak challenged the party workers to come forth and work hard rather than sit idle hoping that a Congress government would be formed in the state. “Provide us with MLAs and we will provide you with a government,” he assured. Addressing a gathering in Zunheboto, MLA C. Apok Jamir who accompanied the entourage said that the Congress was a large and accommodative political party and called upon the party men and women to strengthen and unite the party at large. “By and large, our party is affected by rumours. It should be known that our CLP Leader and NPCC President are working unitedly for the people and with this spirit of cohesiveness and dynamism we are also working,” he said. The meetings in all the districts were attended by the respective DCC presidents, all ACCC presidents under the districts, mahila, youth and NSUI officials and large number of party workers. A number of NPCC officials also attended the meetings in their respective districts.

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