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Mixed response to Congress bandh

(1) Police and administration at Razhu point on Saturday during the bandh. (NP), (2) A deserted view of Church Road (NL Road) in Dimapur, Saturday (NP), (3) Security personnel seen patrolling a road in Mokokchung, Saturday. (NP), (4) Tuensang town wears a deserted look during Congress’ statewide bandh Saturday. (NP)
Correspondent/ Staff Reporter KOHIMA/Dimapur, MAR 20 (NPN)
Published on 21 Mar. 2010 1:03 AM IST
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Opposition Congress sponsored 6-hour statewide bandh on Saturday passed off peacefully while drawing mixed response in several parts of the state.
According to reports, the bandh was by and large successful in Dimapur, Mon, Tuensang and Zunheboto while there was mixed response in Mokokchung, Wokha, Phek, Peren, and Kiphire. In Longleng NCP supporters reportedly clashed with Congress workers while preventing the bandh.
In Kohima, the bandh was reduced to three hours from 6 am to 9 am in view of the NSF Martyrs’ Day.NPF youth workers moved around the town in a convoy as Congress supporters refrained from preventing the movement.
Congress member R.Paphino ex-MLA in a speech outside the Congress bhavan after the bandh, accused the DAN government as the most corrupt since 1963 when Nagaland became a state.He also described chief minister Neiphiu Rio as the “father and defender of corruption”.
Former minister, Seyiekuolie said while the Congress- led UPA government at the centre was providing sufficient funds to Nagaland, yet due to rampant corruption by the ruling NPF-led DAN, funds never reached the people.
Seyiekuolie also said contrary to its motto “Fide Non Armis” (by faith and nor arms), the NPF acted “by arms and not faith” while accusing the NPF of dividing Nagas along party lines.
Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee vice president, Khriedi Theunuo claimed total success while blasting the DAN government for using all government machinery available in announcing to public that the bandh had been called off.
He thanked public on behalf of the NPCC for their cooperation.
KDCC president, Prasielie Pienyu said despite unwarranted provocation by alleged NPF and other elements, the Congress avoided confrontation to maintain peace.
Bandh a “grand success” : NPCC
Meanwhile, NPCC president I. in a statement claimed that the bandh was a “grand success” as per the party’s reports from district headquarters with no report of any untoward incident.
He thanked the people of Nagaland for rising to the occasion and extending full support and co-operation to the bandh call.
Imkong said people had clearly indicated their resentment against the DAN government’s “anti-people and anti-poor policies.”
He claimed the “massive response extended by the public proved beyond doubt that the NPF-led DAN Govt. has lost its credibility and lost moral right to continue.” The NPCC also thanked the NSF for exhibiting wisdom and maturity in recognizing the issues of “ great public importance” by its decision to allow the bandh to be observed from 6.00 to 9.00 a.m in Kohima town despite coinciding with the “most sacred martyrs’ day”.
The Congress party thanked the various district administrations, police and para-military forces, schools, media etc for extending full support towards the bandh.
NPCC further thanked its party cadres, especially the volunteers for tirelessly working against all odds through rough weather. Imkong said that the volunteers had exhibited a lot of restraint and patience despite provocation from different angles.
Bandh a failure: NPF
NPF party spokesman, Abu Metha in a statement described the six-hour bandh called by the opposition Congress as a “total failure.” Citing reports which he received from the party set ups and government agencies in all the districts, Abu said there was either partial or no response from the people.
He appreciated all sections of the people for not responding to the bandh which he described as “illegal and undemocratic.”
The NPF also appreciated the government functionaries for performing their duties and thereby allowing normal life to go on without any hindrance and untoward incident.
Abu said despite intimidation and threats by the Congress in many parts of the state, people did not allow the alien bandh culture and suppressive nature of the Congress party to succeed.
He said the response against the bandh was a clear message that people would not allow to be held to ransom.

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