Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Congress open to alliance with like-minded secular parties: Therie

Staff Reporter

Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) declared on Monday that it was open to an alliance with like-minded secular political parties for the upcoming Assembly election scheduled early next year.
Addressing the media here at Hotel Saramati, NPCC president K Therie called upon all secular parties in the State to form a non-BJP alliance. He said Congress would fully follow the democratic principles of decentralisation of powers whereby NPCC would authorise Assembly constituency committees and district committee to select their own candidates for their respective constituencies.
Therie also appealed to all “erstwhile” Congress men and women and well-wishers to join the party to fight against “anti-Christ, anti-Christian, anti-Muslim and anti-women” forces and also to remove roadblocks for implementation of a solution to the Naga political issue.
He termed the NDPP-BJP seat sharing announcement six months prior to the Assembly election as an attempt to make people forget the demand for implementation of the political solution that had been put in “cold storage”.
Citing media reports that the July 16 resolution was yet to be submitted to the Centre, Therie demanded to know why the Core Committee on Naga Political Issue (CCoNPI) had failed to submit the resolution till date, and accused the State government of betraying the Nagas by giving false statement.
He alleged that CCoNPI wanted to suppress the resolution and go ahead with the Assembly election, which led to an agreement between BJP and NDPP on seat sharing in haste.
Cong to contest 40 seats
Meanwhile, NPCC president said the party would be fielding around 40 candidates for the 2023 polls. He, however, refused to comment when asked whether NPCC would field candidates from areas falling under Eastern Nagaland People’s Organisation (ENPO).
He further stated that it was a painful to see ENPO’s demand for separate State by dividing Nagaland and questioned why chief minister Neiphiu Rio was silent on the issue for the past 11 years.
“Why is chief minister, who is running the State, silent on the demand for Frontier Nagaland since the past 11 years,” he asked.
Reminding everyone that Nagaland was created with blood, sweat and tears of thousands, he mentioned that it was painful to learned that “they” wanted to divide Nagaland and yet chief minister was silent on this.
He warned that the chief minister would be held personally responsible if Nagaland met the fate of Jammu & Kashmir by losing its Statehood and becoming a Union Territory or an autonomous council by losing Article 371 (A).
Meanwhile, speaking on political parties in the State, Therie remarked that all political parties in the State were secular and expressed the hope that their secular credentials would make them ally with Congress in the State and fight the election. “NDPP may also join us if they are secular-minded,” he added.
He said the party would start working on an alliance after having declared its policy.