DIMAPUR, SEPTEMBER 1: The 21 former NPF MLAs, who recently merged with the NDPP has asked the president of Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) K Therie, to substantiate his allegation that the 21 MLAs received Rs 2.50 crores each deducted from MGNREGA fund meant for developmental activities in the villages or issue public apology, failing which they will initiate defamatory proceedings against him.
In letter to the NPCC president, Dr. Chumben Murry, MLA, on behalf of the 21 MLAs who merged with NDPP, informed that the 21 MLAs had a meeting on August 16 to deliberate and find the truth behind the allegations put out by Therie in public domain thus tarnishing their personal images as elected representatives of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly.
“It has been confirmed from each member that no one has received 2.50 Crores either by cash or blank cheque as alleged by you in your consecutive press releases published on 22nd July 2022 and 7th August 2022,” the letter said.
Reminding that on July 29 the 21 MLAs had sought evidence from Therie of his allegations, the letter rued that rather than giving any sort of proof Therie had stated that he “did not have any evidence because of blank cheque system”.
“This statement has only aggravated the situation and your wild allegations continue to be damaging and tantamount to character assassinations,” it said.
The letter stated that making wild allegations without evidence is totally uncalled for, especially from a veteran politician of Therie’s stature. “Having been an elected member of NLA yourself, you should understand very well the negative impact that such false allegations have on members and if you had been in our shoes, you would also find it hard to swallow such charges leveled against you without any truth behind it”, it said.
The 21 MLAs demanded an apology in the same platform that Therie had used to level the “false charges”, failing which they will initiate defamatory proceedings and all the legal and financial consequences shall be borne by him.
(Page News Service)