State BJP president defends Patton, says no evidence of multiple voting

State BJP president defends Patton, says no evidence of multiple voting
A file photo of Temjen Imna Along (R) with Y. Patton. (
Correspondent KOHIMA, APR 24 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/24/2019 11:16:13 AM IST

State BJP has strongly defended deputy chief minister Y Patton, who is also BJP Legislature Party leader, and condemned “rumours” being spread in social media in connection with a video clip purportedly showing his conduct on polling day on April 11.

Addressing a press conference at his official residence here on Wednesday, State BJP president and higher education minister Temjen Imna Along said the video clip being circulated in social media allegedly showing Patton voting multiple times was a “blatant lie” as there was no evidence of the deputy chief minister doing so.

Informing newsmen that BJP has got confirmation from the deputy chief minister that he has cast only his vote, Along said his party condemned the rumour being spread that Patton had cast multiple votes without proof.

He said the whole issue was raked up to malign the image of Patton and ensure that people lose trust in the polling process.

On the allegation that Patton did not allow the police to investigate him in connection with an FIR lodged by Congress, Along remarked it was easy to accuse somebody without having proof, adding let the law take its own course.

He also condemned Congress spokesperson in New Delhi for accusing Patton of violating model code of conduct without knowing facts. He alleged that Congress used propaganda as an election tool to score points over its opponents. He said the video needs to be verified about its authenticity as the returning officer (RO) and election observers have given a clean chit on the issue.

The State BJP chief opined that there was no need for a re-poll at polling station no. 31, Old Riphyim - III since the RO and election observers have given a clean chit. He, however, added that Election Commission of India (ECI) should have called a re-poll due to the video clip that went viral and urged the observers to verify whether the votes were cast or not.

Nevertheless, Along said his party welcomes the re-poll, adding BJP has complete faith on ECI and exuded confidence that the party will get more votes than before.

He also cautioned citizens against believing things without proof.

Along appealed to Congress and opposition party not to try and score points over something whose authenticity and real perspectives were still not known. He hoped the re-poll will put the entire episode to rest.

On CAB and uniform civil code mentioned in BJP poll manifesto, Along said the two issues were politicised in the Northeast.

He asserted that the stand of State BJP was very clear that it will stand opposed to CAB and will protect the indigenous people at all cost, adding that the State BJP leaders will speak to central leaders on this.

On uniform civil code, he said the issue was discussed for a very long time and its drafting was not complete. 

Stating that the final draft should be known by all the citizens, Along added that, if it gets implemented, it should not affect the minority communities of the country.

On restructuring PDA ministry after Lok Sabha poll results, he said it was the prerogative of the chief minister, adding that if any such restructuring takes place, it will be held in consultation with PDA partners.

Apology for Patton using BJP scarf 

On a BJP scarf being used by the deputy chief minister inside the polling booth, Along clarified that it was not done with any particular intent. However, if the act has caused confusion, he said the party apologises for the same. 

Meanwhile, the State BJP condemned the April 21 terror attack in Sri Lanka, stating that the party do not tolerate any form of terror that takes away lives of innocent citizens irrespective of any religion. He said the party remembers the dead and those bereaved in prayers. 

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