Kohima, April 5: The Congress today promised to work for the people of eastern Nagaland who have suffered unfair treatment by the Naga People’s Front (NPF)-led Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) government.
Addressing the last leg of his election rallies at Mon and Tizit, Congress candidate K.V. Pusa assured the people that he would bring them on a par with other communities in the state. He said the people of the Eastern Nagaland People’s Organisation (ENPO) received stepmotherly treatment from the state government, though huge amounts of money were pumped into the four districts of Longleng, Mon, Kiphire and Tuensang. “I will work for your welfare therefore elect me to represent you,” Pusa told the rallies.
“Please don’t succumb to the NPF’s false promises,” he said. Pusa assured of equal distribution of funds and development if the people sent him to Delhi. He said the people of the state were frustrated by the total breakdown of governance and corruption by the DAN government.
He also highlighted how NPF MPs pocketed public funds in the last 10 years. The document obtained through the RTI has revealed total misuse of MP local area development funds but so far neither of the two MPs, C.M. Chang (former Lok Sabha MP) and Khekiho Zhimomi (Rajya Sabha), nor the state government, have reacted to the document. Pusa highlighted the dismal condition of schools, health centres, irregular power and water supplies in the state. He highlighted the bad roads, misuse of the midday meal scheme, passing of a resolution not to grant 33 per cent reservation to women in the Assembly, non-regularisation of thousands of government employees and forced retirement to many employees.
He charged the DAN government of failing in all fronts.
The people of the four districts under the aegis of ENPO have been demanding a separate Frontier Nagaland state from the Centre, a demand which both the Centre and the state government have rejected.