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Cong dubs NPF communal for Sunday rally

Kohima, April 7: The Congress has accused the Naga People’s Front (NPF) of being communal after the latter organised a rally at Dimapur yesterday. Nagaland is a Christian-majority state and yesterday was a Sunday.

“Over the years, the NPF government had reduced the relevance of Sundays by holding official functions and important meetings on a day that is supposed to be revered by Christians,” a release issued by the party said.

The Congress said NPF leaders were trying to impose an alien culture on the Naga people. “The ready acceptance of communal forces (BJP and RSS) as their high command and following their ways goes to prove that power hungry NPF leaders like chief minister Neiphiu Rio and NPF president Shurhozelie Liezsietsu can go to any extent to cling to power,” the release stated.

“The communal colours of the NPF became glaringly evident when they carried out an election rally at City Tower point in Dimapur on Sunday when the majority of believers were attending church services all over the state.”

The release also went on to list the NPF government’s other “misdeeds”. From 2008-2012, the school education department received Rs 216.65 crore under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan but the utilisation report stated that only Rs 34.19 crore was used and Rs 181 crore went unaccounted for, the Congress release said.

It went on. Under the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan, the state received Rs 62.9218 core from 2009-13 but the actual expenditure report stated that 57.08495 croe was utilised, clearly highlighting that Rs 5.83685 crore were misappropriated.

The release also talked about how Rs 28.83 crore was spent on the Dimapur-Niuland road in 2010-11. But little more was done than filling up of potholes on the existing metalled road.

The Congress also commented on the BJP’s election manifesto that was released today. “While Rio has loudly proclaimed the seriousness of the BJP to find a solution to the Naga political problem, the BJP manifesto promises to deal with insurgent groups in Northeast with a firm hand, implying that they will never yield to the demands of insurgent groups,” it said. The BJP manifesto is therefore a threat to the ongoing Naga political peace talks, it said.

The Congress reiterated that chief minister Neiphiu Rio had failed to achieve anything in the past 11 years and his desperate attempt to escape from state politics in the guise of trying to solve the Naga issue was devoid of any substance.

“The Congress-led UPA coming to power for the third consecutive time is a foregone conclusion with the BJP-led communal forces in complete disarray,” the Congress said. Modi’s one-man show is being hyped by the mainstream media but has failed to convince the masses, who have benefited from the Congress’s flagship schemes aimed at uplifting and empowering people without any discrimination, it said.

It urged the people of Nagaland not to miss out on this opportunity to reject the communal forces that have no concern for the people other than to impose its divisive agenda.