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Monday , April 7 , 2014
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Cong barbs irk BJP

Kohima, April 6: The BJP is irked by the continuous attack from the Congress and has approached the Election Commission regarding it.

N. Chuba Ao, president of the Nagaland unit of the BJP, rubbished the Congress’s accusation that his party is a communal force that would prosecute minority communities like Christians if it came to power.

“We request the Election Commission to intervene and stop such wild allegations by the Congress,” he said. He said the BJP was never a communal party and that it has supporters from all sections of society.

Ao said the BJP is a pro-poor party that would focus on the welfare of neglected people. Interestingly, in Nagaland, the party is not contesting but the Congress leaders have been non-stop in attacking the BJP throughout its election campaign.

The Congress has asked people not to vote for a communal party like the BJP, which chief minister Neiphiu Rio has befriended. Rio is contesting as Naga People’s Front (NPF) candidate and supported by the BJP, JD (U) and NCP but the Congress has been targeting the BJP throughout its campaign.

“The BJP fighting the parliamentary elections without a manifesto once again exposes the party, which is bereft of any agenda or vision for the nation other than its communal and divisive agenda that stands no chance of propelling it to power,” a release issued by the media cell of the Congress said.

The Congress said chief minister Rio aligning with the communal BJP goes on to show that birds of same feather flock together, since Rio and the NPF has no agenda after 11 years of empty promises that have ruined the state and destroyed the aspirations of the people. The Congress reiterated that Rio publicly apologise to the Nagas for all his failures in 11 years and for submitting before the communal BJP-RSS, who have no regards for minorities and oppressed caste in their idea of nationhood.

“The Congress-led UPA is well on its way to form the government at the Centre for the third successive time owing to its ‘inclusive policies’ that have benefited large sections of the people, especially in rural areas across the country. The open infighting among the BJP leaders, discontent among its workers and failure to bring out the manifesto has once again proved that the BJP has lost the plot even before the votes were cast,” the release said.

The party asked people not to repeat the mistake of electing Rio who has no chance of speaking for the Nagas as an MP when he had failed miserably in voicing the people’s problems as chief minister in 11 years of uninterrupted rule.

The release stated the only notable achievement of Rio was large scale accumulation of his own wealth and fortune at the expense of the state exchequer which has been thoroughly emptied with deficit figures hovering over Rs 2,000 crore, an unmanageable situation from which he is charting an escape route.