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Cong slams church, NGOs

Kohima, May 5: The Congress today pulled up the church and the Naga organisations for remaining silent over the proxy voting and rigging by the supporters of Naga People’s Front (NPF) in the Lok Sabha polls.

In a rebuttal to the NPF’s appreciation of the role of church and Naga NGOs in encouraging people of the state to cast their votes in the April 9 election, Nagaland PCC president S.I. Jamir said the silence of the church and the NGOs would imply that they have endorsed the anti-social activities of the NPF during the polls.

He said it was up to the church and the NGOs to accept the NPF’s gesture but it was a fact that the elections were totally marred by largescale proxy voting and rigging by the NPF.

“The silence maintained by the church shows it has endorsed the malpractices of the NPF,” Jamir added.

The Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC) carried out massive “clean election” campaign since 2013 but that has not worked. So far, the church has turned a deaf ear to the criticisms from various quarters.

The Congress reiterated its demand for repoll in hundreds of polling stations, which have polled over 90 per cent. The party today said it would reinforce its demand for repoll adding that the Election Commission has promised to look into the anomalies.

Luizinho Faleiro, former chief minister of Goa and AICC general secretary, said the NPF had blatantly misused power in the polls by not only violating the fundamental premise of free and fair elections but also threatened the very foundations of the constitutional provisions.

He urged the Election Commission to take corrective measures to let the will of the people prevail in a sensitive state like Nagaland.

The Congress said it would not depute counting agents if the Election Commission does not take a corrective measures.

Chief minister Neiphiu Rio had contested on an NPF ticket while the Congress candidate was K.V. Pusa, former minister and former president of Nagaland PCC. The Congress has convened a meeting tomorrow to chalk out its further course of action.

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