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Congress allegations are ‘repetitions’: Dr Shurhozelie
Published on 18 Mar. 2010 12:28 AM IST
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Minister for urban development and higher education and NPF president, Dr Shurhozelie Wednesday downplayed the statewide 6-hour bandh called by the opposition Congress on March 20, saying their wild charges against ruling DAN were only “repetitions without substances.” Dr Shürhozelie was confident that the bandh would not draw support from public as they know that the Congress was indulging in “wild allegations against Government” which it(Congress) had been making for almost a month. He opined that after the change of guard in the Congress, the new leaders wanted to show some of their actions but without substance,” he said. “I don’t know whether it will create any impact,” he added. Dr.Shürhozelie said he failed to understand the motive behind the opposition Congress’ repeated questioning of DAN Government in withholding Municipal and Town Council elections on time. On the other hand, he said it was a big achievement when all 60 members, both ruling and opposition, in the NLA agreed to come together to work towards settlement of Naga political issue . On withholding of civic body elections, Dr.Shürhozelie explained that if they were held during the current period, various political parties would canvass for their party candidates and some unwanted developments might come up. He opined that if strained relations arose among parties, it could weaken the peace process adding, the purpose of coming together would be defeated. Dr Shurhozelie further said, “It appears that they (Congress) are only copying the alien culture of politics.” He clarified that deferment of holding Municipal and Town Council elections was mainly on the above count and that it was not for an indefinite period. “Otherwise if election should come, we are always in the advantageous position being in ruling party,” the NPF chief said. With regard to 6th ROP, he said it has to be implemented “by all means” and that it was not only Nagaland but the whole of northeastern states. He however said unless the Central Government provides additional fund, all the states in the region would face serious problem. On the deficit, he said it was a normal feature and “even if angel comes, deficit will be there.” NPF slams Cong Major coalition in the DAN, the NPF has slammed the 6-hour bandh called by the opposition Congress in the state on March 20 saying it was conceived with “false allegations” that have no basis of truth and dismissed it as a political gimmick and an action aimed at holding the entire people of Nagaland to ransom. Flaying the ‘bandh culture of the Congress’ NPF press and media bureau said it was alien to Nagas and cannot be accepted by the people and that instead, a mature democratic political party should resort to measures that were acceptable to the people and not take up actions aimed at making the masses suffer or undergo difficulties. Stating that the Congress calling a bandh at this juncture, when Naga society was going through a time of peaceful situation was “completely unjustified and uncalled for.” The NPF called upon the people of the State to reject the “ransom of the Congress Party” and further urged upon the government to provide security and protection to the citizens and ensure public utility services were not disturbed by such “illegal bandh.” The NPF also asserted that “there is a clear judgement of Supreme Court that bandhs are declared illegal”. Criticising the opposition Congress for picking up the habit of repeatedly making wild allegations that have no basis for truth, the NPF said making periodical allegations for the sake of gimmick would not be accepted by the people. It claimed that the NPF-led DAN Government was providing competent governance with visionary leadership through tireless working to uplift the people’s welfare for accelerated economic and infrastructure development under an environment of peace and harmony.

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