Congress opts out of 51 Noksen A/C by-poll

DIMAPUR, MAR 28 (NPN) | Publish Date: 3/28/2021 12:56:31 PM IST

Congress party in Nagaland has decided to not field a candidate for the forthcoming by-election to the 51 Noksen assembly constituency, citing an earlier “bitter experience” during by-election to the 60 Kiphire-Pungro assembly constituency last November. 

Stating this in a statement, NPCC president K Therie explained that the Congress understood that people do not stand for issues and principles they talk about and want and instead, vote against their own faith for money and power.

Therie claimed that Congress among all other parties best adhered to expenditure limit fixed by Election Commission of India (ECI). He said party candidates were not expected to spend even a rupee from their own account. Therie said this was to enable elected as well as the defeated to be candidates to be free from any liabilities after election. 

Therie said funds for elections were meant for campaigning to make the people understand the party’s visions for their welfare. He said Congress does not provide funds to buy votes as it was a crime and unlawful not only before the law of the land but before God.

Further, Therie said even when the ruling PDA government was opposing implementation of a political solution even after talks had concluded and also opposing stakeholders (14 tribal hohos, ANGBF and civil society groups and Congress party), he feared that people would vote for money. 

He expressed shock that all intending candidates were seeking NDPP ticket as there was no one who could stand on issues and principles.

Therie however said all was not lost as the nation was tired of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s lies, and people no longer took him seriously as before. He said Modi has lost his charm as he was overshadowed by lies and failures. 

Therie claimed that Congress had built the nation’s economy while Modi was now selling off the created assets. He also claimed that people were realising that Congress’ days were the most peaceful. 

He also maintained that people were equally tired of regional parties and BJP in Nagaland as they have exposed themselves of being against stakeholders for securing a political solution even after talks had concluded. He said both parties were also known for corruption which was against the ethics of “our religion and customs”.

In the given situation, Therie asserted that Congress was the only alternative for the nation and Nagaland. He said a day would soon come when every Congressman and woman will gather again to rebuild the past glory of the people to secure a peaceful solution which, he hoped, would be sooner than expected.


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