Kohima, April 4: Both the Congress and the Naga People’s Front (NPF) are making last-ditch efforts to woo voters by levelling “anti-Naga” allegation at each other.
The NPF alleges the Congress is “anti-Naga” as it is not honest to the people of Nagaland and has allocated meagre funds for development while the Congress has branded the NPF “anti-Naga” for hobnobbing with a communal party like the BJP, which is against minority communities like the Christians.
Chief minister Neiphiu Rio, who is contesting the Lok Sabha polls as an NPF candidate, said the Centre had reduced the state’s annual plan and was not sincere in resolving the Naga political problem.
A Congress release today alleged that Rio had abandoned his people after promising too much and achieving nothing in his 11 years of misrule, which is known more for corruption and failure of governance. It said Rio and the NPF had become enemies of the state after having joined “communal forces” like the BJP-RSS, whose ideology was in contravention with the culture and beliefs of the people of Nagaland.
The Congress said Rio had forgotten his upbringing and beliefs to parrot the language of communal forces, whose hidden agenda subscribes to the theory of one nation, one culture and one rule of law.
It said Rio has failed to answer the people on his new-found mentor’s commitment on issues such as anti-conversion laws, building of Ram Temple in Ayodhya, ban on cow slaughter, uniform civil code and abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu & Kashmir.
“With the state in dire financial straits and total breakdown of governance on all fronts, it will be suicidal for the people to elect a communal party candidate like Rio who is conveniently charting an escape route from the mess he has generated as a result of his misrule as chief minister for the past 11 years,” the Congress said.
“This agenda threatens the secular fabric of the nation where religious minorities will be at the receiving end and more so with a Christian-dominated state like Nagaland,” the statement added.
It pointed out that the BJP had failed to bring out its election manifesto for the parliamentary election, which proves that it has nothing to offer to the nation except impose its communal and divisive agenda that harbours enough potential to disintegrate the nation.
It said the prospects of the Congress-led UPA coming to power for the third consecutive term was a foregone conclusion while the BJP’s fortunes after the initial euphoria generated by Modi’s empty rhetoric had nose-dived with open infighting among its leaders and discontent among the cadres.
Saying that the BJP without an election manifesto and infighting among its leaders stands defeated even before polling has begun, it appealed to the people to repose their faith in the Congress and reject Rio.