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NPF used govt machinery for by poll: Tokheho
Published on 9 May. 2011 12:34 AM IST
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Rejecting reports that the May 7 by-election to 26 Aonglenden A/C went off smoothly without any major incidents, the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) has come out with serious allegations of booth capturing, blocking entry points of voters, deep involvement of ministers and targeting of party workers by police under etc by the ruling NPF.
CLP leader, Tokheho Yepthomi maintained that the by-election was far from being free and fair as “reported erroneously” by different agencies of the government. He said the Congress did not make desperate and elaborate arrangements but decided to fight the election in free and fair manner as a stature of Dr. S.C Jamir was its official candidate.
However, he said the NPF resorted to use of every unfair means in order to win the election by “hook or by crook”.
Substantiating his allegations, Tokheho pointed to few incidents which he said had “nakedly exposed the sinister designs” of the NPF.
He alleged that the NPF youths and volunteers had forcibly captured polling booth nos. 1 & 4 at Ungma village which compelled the Congress polling agents in refusing to sign on the papers at the end of the polling process when EVMs were sealed. Therefore, Tokheho said, the polling process was “technically incomplete”.
Again, at Arkong Polling booth no.1, he said NPF volunteers blocked all the entry points (five roads and two footpaths) leading to the polling booth then captured the booth. The NPF youths also beat up Congress supporters there, Tokheho claimed.
He also alleged that on the night before the polling day and in the following morning of the polling day, certain elements went house-to-house to threaten Congress supporters in all the villages with dire consequences if they voted for Congress. He went on to allege that many Congress supporters were taken to unknown destinations by forces working for NPF candidate and released only after signing bonds.
The CLP leader hit out against home minister Imkong L.Imchen ,who was supposed to ensure that law and order was maintained to ensure free and fair polls but instead got himself “deeply involved” in the election process from day one. Tokheho said that the home minister who was the director of the NPF campaign committee, issued an order on April 23 requesting all “honourable members” to give their best efforts and to report at Mokokchung town by April 25 since wining the by-election was “critically important”.
The CLP said that the home minister, by the same order, assigned duties to NPF ministers and parliamentary secretaries to the following locations:
(a) Ungma village and Merepkong Ward: G.Kaito, Minister; Azo Nienu, minister; Kijong Chang, parl secretary; Azheto Zhimomi, adviser.
(b) Arkong Ward: T. R. Zeliang, minister; P. Longon, minister; Yitachu, parl secretary and Dr. N. Kire, MLA.
(c) Sangtemla Ward: Nyeiwang Konyak, minister; Doshehe Sema, minister; Y.Patton, parl secretary; Kipili Sangtam, parl secretary.
(d) Dilong Ward: Dr. Ngangshi, minister, M.C. Konyak, minister; C. Sazo, parl secretary; C.L. John, parl secretary.
(e) Aosettsu & Kubza Village: Dr. C. Murry, minister; Naiba Konyak, parl secretary; Pangyu Phom, parl secretary; Pangteang, adviser and Heno, parl secretary.
Tokheho said a copy of the order was endorsed to all the ministers, parliamentary secretaries, chief minister, president NPF Nagaland, president NPF Mokokchung division and Toshipokba NPF candidate. Citing reports, Tokheho also said that a huge amount of money was demanded from all the “honourable members” for campaign expenses.
He said that the entire apparatus of the government was misused by the ruling party and that the home minister, instead of protecting the voters and innocent public, took control of all the campaign and poll management of NPF. Tokheho further made seriously allegations against the IRB for unleashing “terror” by assaulting Suknunglemba son of Rendetemba under Ungma polling booth no. 1; Yangerchuba son of Repjenyangba under Ungma polling booth no. 3 and Takumoa son of Rev. Longri under Ungma polling booth no. 5.

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