Dimapur, May 26: The Naga People’s Front President, Dr. Shürhozelie Liezietsu on Saturday expressed his satisfaction over the progress of the campaign for the NPF official candidate C. Apok Jamir for the Lok Sabha by-election and fully confident that the NPF will win with thumping majority if the election is help free and fair.
Addressing the party workers at his residential office this morning as the campaign closes in the afternoon at 4 PM, the NPF President had the hope that people would participate in the poll in a free and fair manner. Nagaland will go to by-poll on May 28.
Referring to the complaint lodged against him by the BJP/NDPP, Dr. Shürhozelie said that it was the sign of desperateness on their part. He justified his stand by saying that he is defending the Article 25 of the Constitution of India which safeguards freedom of religion and in Nagaland that freedom is there for everyone including Hindus and Muslims, he added.
However, he lamented that this freedom is no more in some of the BJP ruled states in the country where atrocities were committed against the minority groups in which the Christians suffered the most.
He also pointed out that atrocities committed against the Christians rose from 177 incidents in 2015 to 351 in 2017 and maintained that he had collected few information from the website “Persecution Relief-www.persecutionrelief.org.”
The President exhorted the party people to take the stand firmly to defend Christian faith.
He also went on to state that the opponent (NDPP/BJP) had lodged a complaint to the Election Commission of India against him that his speech in support of his stand (in defending his own faith) might result in violent clashes and street fights.
The President also warned the party people to remain alert saying that this has clearly indicated their intention to create problems during voting wherever they find their position is bad.
However, he advised the party people to remain calm and ensure free and fair election and wished the party people the best of luck. (Page News Service)