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Statement on HM not politically motivated: CLP
Published on 13 Dec. 2010 12:28 AM IST
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Congress Legislature Party (CLP) has maintained that its earlier statement which appeared on December 10 in the local media, was not “politically motivated” as alleged by NPF associate press secretary, Shilumar Ao.
CLP member and MLA, Lanpha Konyak in a statement, said the CLP was compelled to issue clarification due to protracted press arguments between the Congress and NPF.
Lanpha pointed out that the issue arose out of home minister’s statement on December 7 and subsequent rejoinders by the NPF party functionaries to Congress statement.
Lanpha said Imkong Imchen’s appeal to the public for cooperation and expressing government’s helplessness about taxation, extortion, kidnapping etc was made to “quell down the total bandh” imposed by Dimapur chamber of Commerce in the wake of kidnapping of Hariram Gupta. He said Imchen’s statement had made a mockery of state law enforcing agencies since all state police force and administration were at the government’s disposal.
Lanpha said that the unarmed public were helpless against the armed people who were carrying out all sorts of illegal activities. He said while the home minister was “feigning helplessness”, extortion and kidnapping continued unabated with the kidnap of Hariam followed by the kidnap of Bipen Das, workshop owner on December but who was later released only on December 8.
Lanpha said the Congress cannot say if people were to pay various taxes willingly, but said it was “totally opposed” to those extortions which were forced upon the various business sectors leading to threat, kidnapping and killing. “In what way are these taxation/extortion to be defined by the home minister? Is it not extortion?” Lanpha asked.
He said the Congress was not talking about taxation willingly paid but extortion though threat, intimidation and kidnapping.
The CLP recalled that the SP and DC Dimapur has stated that they have sufficient clues to nab the kidnappers of Hariram Gupta but even 15 days after, the kidnappers were still at large.
On the other hand, the CLP lauded the police for arresting six persons in connection with the kidnapping of two Jorhat-based businessman and expressed the hope that the kidnappers of Hariram, Bipen Das and all others involved in such cases would also be arrested.
Lanpha said that the Congress as a matured political party knew the difference between political problems and law-and-order problems. He said the Congress party agreed to be part of the Joint Legislation Forum to extend support in solving the political problem. Lanpha, however, said law and order problem cannot he clubbed with political problem. He said political problem was a common Naga problem but that law and order problem was a state government subject which had aggravated owing to a “weak and insincere home minister.”
To rescue the public, Lanpha said the home minister should resign paving the way for the chief minister to appoint an efficient and dynamic leader to take over as home minister so as to salvage the deteriorating law and order situation.

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