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Cong should accept defeat graciously: NPF
Published on 16 May. 2011 1:05 AM IST
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Pointing out that the Congress has been making repeated statements citing several excuses for their defeat in the Aonglenden by-poll, NPF said that the Congress as a responsible and mature political party should accept defeat in a gracious manner and respect the mandate of the people.
The NPF press bureau and media bureau said continued excuses showed a sign of being “sour losers” and also undermined the voice and mandate of the electorate of Aonglenden.
The NPF said the fact that the vote margins between the two candidates in most of the polling stations were “quite close” was itself a safe conclusion that the election was conducted in a free and fair manner.
It, therefore, said there was no truth in the allegation of “booth capturing, use of undergrounds or so called coup.” NPF said if allegations such as coup or booth capturing were true, then the other party would not get even a single vote.
The NPF pointed out that it was only in Ungma I station that the margin of victory for the NPF was significant. It said the fact that the people have rejected the politics of the Congress and of Dr. S. C. Jamir (from Ungma village) was even more true as the Congress were defeated in their strongest bastion and in their own backyard.
It maintained that the results have spoken louder than any words being uttered by the Congress which should not undermine the intellect of the Nagas. NPF said that the Congress would not be able to convince even their own high command in Delhi.
It described that statements of NPCC president S.I Jamir as another attempt by him and his family to divert the attention of the public.
“The NPCC president is S. C. Jamir’s very own brother and in his attempt to escape any responsibility for the defeat of S. C. Jamir, he is attempting to bring up the past of chief minister Neiphiu Rio and home minister Imkong L. Imchen,” the NPF said.
It went on to say that the mandate of the by-election was a mandate against the policy and political stand of the Congress party and of S. C. Jamir and of the booklet, Bedrock of Naga Society. NPF asserted that Jamir’s re-entry into state politics was nothing short of the re-entry of the stand of the Bedrock of Naga Society.
NPF said though the Congress had claimed that the booklet was buried, yet with the return of Jamir, it meant that the Congress stood by the booklet.
“What is the meaning of buried?” the NPF asked and added it has no meaning as long as the author and the party publicly apologised and rejected the booklet word by word.
It reminded that former minister in Jamir’s government K. Therie was dismissed from the ministry and expelled from the party whereas Rio resigned as home minister from the cabinet and also from the Congress because he refused to accept the booklet authored by Jamir and published by NPCC.
NPF said Rio was the first person to oppose the contents of the booklet and also the first person to defend K. Therie when he was expelled.
It maintained that Rio parted ways with the Congress, because he disagreed with the political stand and policies of the Congress under Jamir. This is the same case with the present home minister, Imkong L. Imchen, it added.
NPF said that the NPCC president and CLP leader have begun to look for silly excuses to divert the people’s attention as they obviously were unable to take neither the blame nor the morale responsibility for the Aonglengden defeat.
It, however, told the two Congress leaders to realise that it was to no avail and that the people would only mock at them.
NPF said that S. C. Jamir who was one of the most illustrious leaders till recently had blown the opportunity to be remembered as a statesman as Congress leaders of the state have thoroughly misused him.
The congratulated the people of Aonglengden for their mandate and for allowing the principles of democracy to triumph by facilitating conduct of the most free, fair and violence free elections in the political history of Aonglengden.

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