Congress hands over tickets to K L Chishi and Alemjongshi

Congress hands over tickets to K L Chishi  and Alemjongshi
Congress candidates KL Chishi and Alemjongshi with NPCC leaders at Congress Bhavan Kohima on March 21, 2019.
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Kohima, March 21: Congress on Thursday handed over the INC ticket to former Chief Minister K L Chishi for the lone Lok Sabha seat and Alemjongshi Longkumer for the bye-poll to 26-Aonglenden Assembly Constituency in Nagaland.
Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) president K Therie officially handed over the tickets to both of them during the ceremonial function held at a jam-packed conference hall in Congress Bhavan here.
“Congress in Nagaland has suffered for the last 15 years while we were insulted and thrown out while people have ignored us for sometime but now we are returning stronger with an aim to regain power in the State,” said Therie while addressing the party men and women.
The ensuing election, both Parliamentary and bye-poll for the Assembly seat, is directly between the ideologies and principles of Congress and BJP and not any other party, he said while justifying that NDPP candidate is consensus candidate of the PDA government, where BJP is an ally.
He said hat BJP is working hard to ruin the tribal people by spreading Hindutva and also by trying to force Citizenship Amendment Bill.
There are over 2.18 crore Hindus in Bangladesh and the BJP is trying to bring them and push into the Northeast to ruin the identity of the tribal people, he accused.
Stating that BJP president Amit Shah has declared that CAB would be implemented once his party comes back to power, Therie said it is an open challenge and insult to the people of the region.
He also accused that the ruling NDPP in the State is selling out Nagaland by accepting the ideologies and policies of the BJP to remain in power.
Nonetheless, he expressed happiness that likeminded political parties like NPF and NCP have not taken decision. He disclosed that Congress has appealed to them to stand together on issues of opposing CAB, secularism and political solution and that they would soon be taken the right decision.
On Naga political issue, Therie while lambasting that RSS and BJP do not have any solution for Nagas as their ideology is to enforce Uniform Civil Code throughout the Country, said “it is the Congress which can understand the problems of the Naga people and the North East as our policy is unity in diversity”.
Therefore, he said “Congress is the only party which can defend and protect secularism, so the option is to vote for the INC candidates”.
More than 21 years of negotiations without solution is not reasonable to the people of Nagaland have suffered for too long as solution is deliberately being delayed, he said.
He said that founding fathers of Congress and the Naga national workers have listed out the 9-Point and 16-Point and brought about some agreement. Government of India cannot list things for us while the elected government in the State has also failed to list out anything, and there is no solution, he said.
He also announced that Congress has resolved to endeavour to resolve the Naga political issue through peaceful and constitutional means.
In this, Therie said that, “It was the Congress government which gave solution to the Nagas in the past through the 16-Point Agreement, Statehood and Article 371(A) and this time also the AICC president Rahul Gandhi is prepared to give solution”.
“Given the opportunity, Congress can bring solution to the issue, if not, throw us away,” he affirmed.
Describing the Congress candidate as the most matured, seasoned and tested candidate, he said Nagas need to send a candidate of major national political party in order to highlight the Naga issue and make the parliamentarians understand that settlement is must.
Therie went on to state that under the regional party government the budgetary allocations of the State have been going down instead of being increased. He cited that last year’s allocation was Rs 18305 crore but this year it is Rs 18002 crore, which is also not be utilized for developmental works but vanishes in thin air.
He also accused the present government of indulging in favouritism and nepotism in matter of employment opportunities. He also lamented the failure of the state government in initiating measures to bail out the imprisoned 126 Naga youths working in BPO centres in Delhi who were caught because of the call centre owners involvement in fraud cases. He however said that as Congress party, they have initiated for their bail while the Delhi Nagaland Congress Unit is taking up the responsibility but it is being delayed due to non-availability of money required to be deposited for signing the personal security bond.
Naga youths have spread over different parts of the country because they do not have hope on the State government, which has not only failed to create job avenues but even the vacancies arising are being filled through backdoor appointments.
Nonetheless, he asserted that Congress is coming back to power at the Centre and having an elected member in the State Assembly will be like adding salt in the curry because it will through him that the state’s budget will be allocated to the State.
Therie also called upon the party men and women to forget the past bitterness but work together cohesively for the success of both the INC candidates.
The state Congress president also appealed to the civil society, NGOs and intellectual thinkers of Naga society to vote against the communal and fundamentalists if they are really concerned for the welfare of the Naga society.
INC Parliamentary poll candidate, K L Chishi in his address said that if successful, he would represent the whims and aspirations of the people of Nagaland and give special focus on four issues – two each at the State and National level, which are confronting the Naga society.
The priorities, he said, would be resolution of Naga political issue and Citizenship Amendment Bill at the Central level and creation of employment avenues for the Naga youths and bringing about good governance and development for the State.
Chishi also announced that the Congress has decided to file his nomination on Friday.
Meanwhile, clearing his position on rejoining the Congress after a year of being in BJP, he said “though my body was in BJP but my heart and soul was in Congress. “The 365 days with BJP was suffocating,” Chishi added.
26-Aonglenden candidate, Alemjongshi Longkumer while asserting that the Congress party is standing tall in Mokokchung district where the bye-poll is to be conducted, sought the support and reinforcement from the NPCC president and his team to fight the elections against other three candidates.
On his priority areas, Longkumer listed healthcare as the top most concern while also taking up issues of quality education and employment for youth besides the infrastructure and economic development as well as the social harmony.
Chaired by NPCC working president Khriedi Theunuo the programme commenced with senior pastor of Rusoma Baptist Church Kholie Chase saying the invocation. Welcome speech was delivered by general secretary Capt G K Zhimomi while Associate Pastor Sumi Baptist Church Kohima Khekavi Yeptho offered the dedicatory prayer and NPCC vice president Jonathan Ao tendered the vote of thanks. (Page News Service)