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AFSA needed in Kashmir not in NE: BJP
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, Nov 16 (NPN):
Published on 17 Nov. 2010 12:08 AM IST
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The BJP on Monday maintained that the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) was needed for Kashmir and not within NE region.
“Our party support AFSPA in Kashmir because of external forces acting there” asserted Tapir Gao, national secretary & prabhari (Nagaland) of the party. Gao also further called for modifying the act. He said this while addressing a press conference at Miqlat Cafeteria after the 3rd state executive meeting of the party.
Dismissing any communal tag attached with the party, Gao accused other political parties of giving the ‘communal tag’ and opined that it will take few more years to erase it.
The party of incharge NE, P Chandra Shekhar Rao, who was also present, accused the Congress party of developing money based politics and also charged the Congress party of corrupting the entire region. “Public finance management has gone very bad, subsidies are going to corrupt businessmen and Public Distribution System (PDS) is even finding way into countries like Bangladesh” he alleged.
While maintaining that the entire region was rich in mineral resources, Rao asserted that the party was trying to clarify on the ‘pathetic condition’ and ‘big fraud’ prevailing in the region.
When asked about the steps taken up by the party to curb the prevailing corruption charges within the state, Rao disclosed that information has been passed on to all district units and mandals to launch agitations and meet officials in this regard.
Commenting on the same issue, state unit party president M. Chuba Ao affirmed that the state government was not performing. He also lamented that the ruling party in the state had deserted them and with no legislators within the assembly, the party could not raise their concerns. Ao also opined that a ‘fear psychosis’ have been created among the people and called for immediate redressal by the government.
Meanwhile, the party also adopted some political and economic resolution during the meeting. The resolution also include opposition on extension of Disturbed Area Act, which they opined could immensely affect the ongoing peace process. The party also lauded the FNR for their initiatives in creating unity among the Naga political groups.
Further, the party also urged the ‘responsible’ government to check and control ‘large scale’ corruptions at all level in various departments and ensure social security for the people.
While supporting the 33 percent reservation for women in civic polls, the BJP also affirmed that the ‘responsible’ government should ensure free and fair municipal elections on time.
Other economic resolutions adopted include measures against price rise, blanket ban on illegal taxation/donation/collections, upholding the principle of fundamental economics of people particularly in rural, remote areas and weaker section of the society. The party also resolved to maintain transparency in PDS and urged the government to protect the land and resources within the state.

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