NPCC accuses Modi of destroying institutions

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 2/13/2019 12:05:58 PM IST

Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) has accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of destroying every constitutionally-established institution and dividing India on the basis of religion, class and the long-established mutual love, respect and understanding for the minorities’ voice, which has been allegedly brutally crushed.
Speaking at a function held to welcome BJP, NDPP and NCP members into the Congress fold at Congress office here on Wednesday, NPCC president K Therie alleged that secularism and freedoms enshrined in the Constitution of India were all under threat today.
Welcoming the new members into the party, he further alleged that BJP was blindly driven by the ideology of establishing a Hindu nation, while totally disregarding other religions and sections of the country.
He said the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) had put identity of Nagaland and other indigenous people of the Northeast under threat, adding that although Congress did not have representative in the State Assembly, it defended interests of the people since the controversial Bill’s inception.
Pointing out that the threat of amendment to the Citizenship Act, 1955 still loomed large as President of India could summon both Houses of Parliament under Article 108, Therie, however, conveyed that Congress was committed to scrap the Bill, if given an opportunity.
Dwelling on the Naga political issue, Therie expressed his appreciation for the negotiating teams and the difficulties of negotiations they had faced. He reiterated Congress’ stand to endeavour to solve the political issue through peaceful and constitutional means. Welcoming as a “good decision” the induction of Priyanka Vadra and Jyotiraditya Scindia, Therie declared that the Congress’ Lok Sabha candidate for Nagaland would be announced after due consultations with like-minded parties and leaders.
Addressing the programme, NPCC vice-president Jonathan Ao stressed that honesty of members regarding their political stand was the need of the hour. He expressed happiness at the decision of new comers and old-timers to rejoin Congress. He remarked though the initial parting was painful, the members had a taste of various political platforms.
Organised by Dimapur District Congress Committee, the induction programme was chaired by DCC vice-president Kikhevi Yepthomi, welcome address given by DDCC president A Bendang Yanger Jamir, invocation pronounced by Dimapur Mahila Congress Committee president Sentila, and vote of thanks proposed by DDCC media cell secretary Kutoho Chishi.

Cong reacts to MP’s claim
Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) while expressing regret for the error in alleging that the lone Lok Sabha MP had voted for the Citizenship Bill, however took note of his claim that he was absent due to prior engagement and could not vote.
From his statement, NPCC president K. Therie said it was clear that he did not oppose the Bill. “It was just that he was absent due to a prior engagement. If his conscience was against the Bill, he should have expressed his opposition in the LS and also made known his stand to the people of Nagaland at an appropriate time,” Therie stated.

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