Fake letters take state by storm; NDPP & CMO file FIRs

DIMAPUR, APR 7 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/7/2019 11:47:44 AM IST

The emergence of fake letters in social media with forged signatures of chief minister Neiphiu Rio and its president Chingwang Konyak on the eve of Lok Sabha election have taken the State’s politics by storm.

Reacting sharply to the matter, NDPP, in a statement, said it was shocked and appalled that its political adversaries and detractors, who had run out of ideas and strategies, had gone to the extent of resorting to such “blatant criminal act”.

Two fake letters – one apparently written on the letter head of chief minister and addressed to Congress president Rahul Gandhi and the other on the writing pad of NDPP gave details of an apparent ministerial and portfolio reshuffle – and both with the forged signatures of Rio and Konyak have emerged in social media

While both the chief minister’s office (CMO) and NDPP have filed FIRs with the authorities concerned, NDPP has taken the matter to the attention of Election Commission of India as, the ruling party alleged that the crime was deliberately committed to confuse the minds of the electorate during these last crucial days before the polls, aimed at “negatively” impacting the position of the PDA candidates.

NDPP said the crime included forgery, impersonation, illegal production and misuse of official State stationery with the intent to mislead citizens of the State and create confusion in the minds of the masses by resorting to strategies that were illegal and deserved exemplary punishment. 

These were very serious political crimes that challenge the very foundations of democracy, aimed at making innocent citizens lose confidence in the system and the government, it added.

Alleging that it was aimed at demeaning and insulting a constitutionally and democratically-elected State government, the party claimed that it was also a direct attempt at trying to create instability and confusion within the PDA government in the hope of sowing seeds of mistrust and breaking the levels of confidence within the coalition. 

“But the PDA stands stronger than ever and will not be swayed or affected by such mindless criminal acts,” it asserted. 

NDPP alleged that the fake letters were initially sent to BJP leadership and circulated among senior political leaders, journalists and media houses, before being shared on social media platforms. 

While exposing the fact that it was a political strategy aimed at impacting the PDA coalition and defame the ruling coalition’s leadership, the party alleged that it was executed by its political adversaries. 

According to NDPP, this was not the first time that such a “mala fide” strategy was chalked out as similar attempts were made in the past too. 

It said that in them Rio was targeted by adversaries through creation and circulation of a fake news to selected digital media platforms stating that he had held closed door meetings with the Congress president with copies of fake news being shared with the top NDA leaders. 

The party said it was indeed unfortunate that the level of Politics in the State had stooped to such a level where its political adversaries, “in their desperation and frustration”, resorted to such an “unbelievable and shocking” political strategy. However, the statement said both NDPP and PDA were confident that the people of the State were not gullible as their adversaries take them to be, adding the people would not be fooled by such “wild gimmickry”. 

While appealing to the agencies to deliver justice at the earliest, NDPP also urged the people of Nagaland to continue reposing their faith and confidence in the PDA coalition and its leadership. 

Mentioning that the PDA remains firm and will not deviate from its pre and post poll commitments as it respects the mandate of the people, the party said it will tirelessly work towards uplift and development of all sections in an equitable manner “standing on the principles of transparency, accountability and good governance“.

And with the polling day approaching, the NDPP-PDA appealed to the citizens of Nagaland to come out and exercise their franchise by casting their votes and uphold the great democracy of “our nation”. 

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