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BJP all out to destroy cultural identity of NE: AICC

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BJP doesn’t value secularism: KL Chishi

Dimapur, April 1: All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary in-charge of NE states, Luizinho Faleiro today alleged that the Northeast under BJP has been burning and the BJP and RSS is going all out to destroy the cultural identity of the people of the region.
“It is a difficult time for the religious minorities and the tribal people,” he said while addressing a press conference here at Hotel Saramati.
Stating that since the NDA government came to power it has discontinued the benefits of special category status of the Northeastern states, he said the prime motive of the Citizenship Amendment Bill is to destroy whatever is left in the Northeast. But the Congress and Rahul Gandhi will make sure if UPA comes to power the Bill is not tabled in the parliament, and even if it is still tabled, it is defeated, he said.
Faleiro alleged that the BJP has failed to deliver on all the promises that it made in 2014, whether it is about the Ram Mandir, employment, farmer’s income or anything and thus has nothing to talk about this time and hence it is resorting on pseudo-nationalism.
“Development, not pseudo-nationalism” is the agenda of the Congress and we don’t divide people as we believe in inclusive development, he claimed.
The AICC leader also expressed gratitude the NPF, Dr Shurhozelie Liezietsu and TR Zeliang for supporting Congress saying that while they might be having their regional aspiration, they have understood that the country needs to be saved and the “bigger monster” BJP/RSS must be defeated.
Faleiro also accused BJP of using money to flex its muscles and asked the people and civil societies to not let this happen.
He said that like NPF, the people of the State must also support the Congress and urged them to come to the rally of Rahul Gandhi that is scheduled on April 3 at DDSC Dimapur.
Congress candidate for the Lok Sabha election, KL Chishi questioned the intent of the NDA government in solving the long standing Indo-Naga political issue and asked how many more elections BJP needs to solve the problem.
“They are taking us for an easy ride,” he said. He added that the Gandhi-Nehru family is thoroughly acquainted with the history of the Indo-Naga political issue and if Congress comes to power, the issue will be resolved. He claimed that during the time of Indira Gandhi, the issue was about to be solved but because of some disagreement amongst Naga leaders.
When questioned about him leaving the BJP, Chishi said he was in the party for about a year and he had become sure after his association that BJP doesn’t value secularism and therefore had to part ways with the party.
NPCC president K Therie said that unless the special category status is restored, the funding pattern for the State cannot do much progress and it is the collective responsibility of all to see that the communal politics is defeated. He expressed hope that with the support of likeminded people and NPF, the Congress can win the seat. (Page News Service)

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