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Congress’ bandh evokes mixed response
Published on 21 Mar. 2010 12:42 AM IST
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The 6-hour state wide bandh called by opposition Congress Saturday evoked mixed response in various parts of the state.
NPF Dimapur division said “controversial bandh” imposed by Congress has thrown a lot of people into quandary as to what really prompted the leaders in the Congress to enforce their “erudite dictate” for the “illegal bandh”.
NPF division president Shilu Sangtam, in a note, said though bandhs have been a long time bitter experience in Dimapur, it was most unfortunate that a political party such as INC spearheading the world’s largest democratic government, the UPA, has only exposed immaturity in the eyes of the people.
Sangtam said “peculiar 6-hour band” has only pulled negative chord for Congress of Nagaland in the eyes of the people of Dimapur who have politely ignored their (NPCC) “narrow and selfish design.”
Meanwhile, NPF division has thanked district administration, police, DMC, Dimapur chambers of commerce, Dimapur district GBs’ association, other organizations and NPF led DAN coalition functionaries who took all precautions to avoid any untoward incidents.
MOKOKCHUNG: Mokokchung administration with Mokokchung Municipal Council went about the town asking the shop owners to open their shops with a warning that defaulters would be penalized to the extent of cancellation of trade permits. Three land owner villages of Mokokchung town (Mokokchung, Ungma and Khensa village councils) issued an order that they would not allow any kind of bandh within their jurisdiction so as not to cause any hindrances and grievances to public. Meanwhile, District Congress Committee, Mokokchung President I. Nungkum thanked the public and the business community for their cooperation. He also slammed the act of three who went against the bandh without knowing reasons of the bandh. The NPF President Mokokchung Division Aolepden said that bandh was a “complete and total failure” as people did not support it.
Meanwhile, according to NPF 21 Tuli A/C president Obang Yaden the public had lent deaf ear to the bandh call as people of the area have “good faith” with the development minded MLA of the constituency and the DAN leadership.
TUENSANG: Statewide bandh called by opposition congress as a ‘symbolic protest’ against DAN Government’s alleged misrule Saturday affected normal life of the public in Tuensang. The six-hour bandh hit the business establishments and there was no vehicular movement.
The District Administration at around 10: 50 a.m asked the businessmen to open their shops but only few reciprocated. NPF Tuensang Division, described the Congress bandh as ‘harassment to the innocent public.’ which was called by opposition congress as state wide bandh. NPF Tuensang members said that the congress party was creating unnecessary harassment to the entire business establishment and innocent public by imposing state wide bandh.
MON: Despite Government’s order to keep all the shops and institutions open, the entire town wore deserted look except for a few volunteers enforcing the bandh and security personnel, at various junctions. Vehicles were off road and all shops, banks, offices and institutions remained closed till 12 noon. (Correspondent)
KOHIMA: Kohima District Congress Committee (KDCC) has expressed gratitude to all section of public for extending full cooperation in making the bandh a success.
KDCC president Prasielie Pienyü, in a release, stated that they were fully convinced that people responded “spontaneously and positively” at NPCC bandh call, adding that public has realized the “genuineness of issues raised by Congress which are solely in the interest of the people of Nagaland.
The KDCC also expressed indebtedness to NPF leaders and its youth members, Kohima chamber of commerce and industries, district administration, police forces, Naga students’ federation, Angami public organisation, northern Angami public organisation, northern Angami students’ union for the success of the programme.
Zunheboto: DCC Zunheboto stating that six-hour bandh passed off peacefully claimed the whole town wore deserted look as vehicles were off the roads and shops shuttered. DCC Zunheboto general secretary P. Hutovi Awomi, in a release, conveyed gratitude to the public of Zunheboto town for extending support particularly to all schools and colleges for making the bandh a success in-spite if the inconveniences.
NPF Zunheboto unit lauded DC, SP and security forces for maintaining law and order during the “bandh ordeal.”
In a statement separate press release, the Zunheboto town business union president Kivishe Zhimomi stated that there was no restriction of any transportation within the town and that half of the business establishments were open for the general public.
WOKHA: District Congress Committee (DCC), Wokha stated that bandh was carried out under strict supervision of the DCC, party officials of all frontals, Congress workers and more than 800 volunteers sealed all entry points and monitored the entire bandh.
A statement from DCC general secretary (admn) Zubemo Lotha, however, condemned the stand taken by Nagaland NCP unit, which rejected the bandh.
“The stand taken by the NCP speaks volume the double standard enjoys by the Nationalist Congress party enjoying the fruits, of Congress led UPA government at centre and oppose the Congress party in state,” DCC Wokha stated.
LONGLENG: According to Longleng NPF and NCP, the bandh was not successful as “people felt that there is no issue based for calling the ban.” A statement, jointly issued by NPF Longleng president Bushi Phom and NCP Longleng president Imliakum, claimed that normal life was maintained as all the business establishments functioned normally as per the information given to the general public by the NPF and NCP (DAN) parties.
KIPHIRE: District Congress Committee Kiphire has conveyed appreciation to district administration, law enforcing agencies, political parties, NGOs and general public of Kiphire district, for their valuable cooperation during six-hour statewide bandh called by NPCC. DCC Kiphire president Thritsali Sangtam, in a note, said bandh was successfully concluded. The DCC lauded all volunteers for their contribution during the bandh.

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