Continuing with the post-poll paper war, the Congress Mahila Mokokchung slammed home minister, PHED minister and NPF leaders for vitiating the atmosphere with their volunteers at different polling stations in the May 7 by election in 26 Aonglenden constituency.
President Mokokchung District Mahila Congress Committee Tiala and DMCC vice president Sowala alleged that the NPF supporters pulled the hairs of Congress women voters and assaulted the males while they were queuing up for casting votes “in front of everyone”.
Stating that it the pulling of women’s hair was shameful and against Ao Naga tradition, they alleged that the NPF supporters were from different nearby constituencies.
Further the Mokokchung DMCC questioned the “overt participation of the NSCN(I-M)” in the by election adding it was at the behest of the NPF party.They said people were witnesses to the “whole hearted participation of the NSCN(I-M)” in the by election. They urged every right thinking Naga to seriously ponder “whether the action of the NSCN (I-M) justifies what they stand for”.
They also said the DMCC stood by the complaints made by NPCC president and CLP leader on “atrocities committed by the NPF” during the by election, especially on polling day. The Mokokchung DMCC also expressed pain at the personal attacks by NPF during the entire campaign while maintaining that irrespective of political differences, seniormost leaders such as Dr.S.C.Jamir and Dr Shurhozelie should be respected for their immense political experience and wisdom at all times.
In particular, the DMCC said whatever might be, Dr.S.C.Jamir remains “the pride of the Nagas” not only at the national but international level. They said by mocking Dr Jamir with terms such as “over ripe fruit” and “tiger without teeth”, the NPF leaders only revealed that their party was “immature”.
They said decorum should have been maintained in a spirit of healthy political competition. They reminded the NPF instead of showing that it followed its motto “Fide Non Armis” by faith, not arms, their leaders revealed the ugly side wherein female voters were assaulted,Congress workers abducted and threatened beside disrespect too the opposition leaders.
The DMCC said all political parties owe responsibility to the general public and hoped the NPF would be responsible and a more sensible political party. Taking note that the NPF looked forward to the 2013 election, the DMCC advised the NPF not to conduct the coming elections through muscle and money power but to follow its motto and let the real mandate of the people “come through a free and fair poll”