Congress asks Patton to resign for violation of MCC

DIMAPUR, APR 23 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/23/2019 11:52:41 AM IST

Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) has renewed its demand for the resignation of Y.Patton deputy chief minister for alleged violation of Model Code of Conduct (MCC) which it said, was vindicated by the repoll ordered by the Election Commission at Polling Station No.31 under 37 Tyui assembly constituency. 

NPCC’s communication department renewed its allegation that Patton had violated the MCC besides committing “criminal offence of voting multiple times in full view of came” during polling on April 11.

NPCC said since the state returning officer and DC & ARO Wokha had given “clean chit to Patton wrongdoings” it had to lodge FIR with Wokha Police Station against the “misdeeds” of Patton and the “complicity of polling officials in this entire episode.”

NPCC reiterated that Patton has “no moral authority” to remain in office after having “lowered the dignity of the office he occupies and for disgracing the people of Nagaland by his shameful conduct.” 

The party also maintained that Patton ought to resign immediately “if he has any sense of responsibility left in him” or that chief minister Neiphiu Rio should immediately sack him.

The Congress also expressed gratitude to the Election Commission while also demanding strong action against those polling officials who not only failed to uphold the law but “abetted” the deputy chief minister “in his shameful and criminal conduct.” 

It also promised to leave no stone unturned in taking matters to logical conclusion and ensure that justice was delivered.

Meanwhile, NPCC has appealed to village councils that are “habituated in carrying out coup of polling stations” for restrain since continuation of such act would uproot the very foundation of democracy from the village level and result in formation of a government that did not care about the plight of the people.

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