NDPP clears air over party’s recognition issue

DIMAPUR, JUL 22 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/23/2018 12:16:02 AM IST
Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) on Sunday issued a statement to clear the confusion over the status of the party saying it had filed appropriate reply to Election Commission of India (ECI) and prayed for dismissal of the petition filed by an individual seeking its de-recognition.
NDPP claimed that no adverse order had been passed by the commission and that there would be no change of status under any circumstances. 
In a press statement issued by its media & communication committee, NDPP said it had appropriately replied to the petition and also pointed out the deficiencies therein and attempts to mislead ECI with false information and certificates. 
Alleging that there had been some misinformation campaign in public domain regarding the petition, the ruling party said its political adversaries had extensively used it to spread false propaganda and create confusion in the minds of people. 
Mentioning that the petition was timed to coincide with the recently held Lok Sabha by-election, NDPP alleged that it was used by its adversaries as a campaign strategy to garner votes by creating confusion in the minds of people. However, despite such propaganda, the party emerged victorious, the statement added. 
On close scrutiny, the petition was found to be not only politically motivated by the party and senior legal luminaries but also fabricated with false content, inaccuracies and fraudulence, the statement claimed. 
NDPP claimed that it was founded in the most democratic manner on May 17, 2017 by following due processes and as per the guidelines of ECI for registration. Public notices in the form of advertisements were published in national, local, Hindi and vernacular newspapers for two days on September 6 and 7 inviting objections within 30 days, the party pointed out, adding that no claims or objections were received then. 
After completion of all formalities, the party was formally registered with ECI on October 13, 2017 and that on December 7 the commission allotted the “globe” symbol for the Nagaland Legislative Assembly election held earlier this year, NDPP pointed out. In the election where it forged a pre-poll alliance with BJP, NDPP won 18 out of the 40 seats it had contested and polled 25.23% of the votes polled. And on the basis of the electoral victory with BJP, the PDA government was sworn in alliance with NPP, JD (U) and independent, NDPP added
The ruling party said its candidate also won handsomely in the subsequent Lok Sabha by-election held recently with a victory margin of 1,73,746 and secured 58.56% of the votes. It further claimed that ever since the formation of the coalition government, it had grown from strength to strength. 
NDPP further pointed out that besides heading the PDA government, it had a representative in Lok Sabha and was a full-fledged member of both NDA and NEDA. It claimed that its presence and membership continued to grow all over the State with more than 8,000 primary and active members enrolled now.
The ruling party explained that it got registered with ECI on the basis of following all procedures meticulously by following all instructions and directions of the commission and that it had been accorded recognition by virtue of its numerical strength obtained through electoral performances in a democratic manner. 
Under these circumstances and on the basis of the sequence of events, there was no question of any rollback with regard to its registration and recognition, the party asserted. 
Reiterating that it was a registered and recognised political party with ECI and that it continued to grow as a movement with popular support and blessings, NDPP said attempts by its adversaries to mislead the public and even their own elected members by such false propagandas only exposed their frustration and desperateness.
The ruling party recalled that on several occasions its adversaries had spread false propaganda, but had to face the bitter truth. For example when it was formed, they said it could never be registered nor contest elections. And when it won elections, they said it could never be recognised. They have been proved wrong time and again, the statement pointed out.
Explaining that it would not resort to any such strategy as it was a responsible party with mature leaders who had utmost respect for people’s wisdom, NDPP added that it would continue to march forward under its motto “facta non verba”. 

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