Dimapur, February 12: MP Lok Sabha, Tokheho Yepthomi has finally broken his silence over allegations that he had voted for the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2019 in the Lok Sabha on January 8 last.
“I did not vote for the Bill when the CAB was put to vote in the Lok Sabha,” he said in a statement.
Tokheho said he was not present in Parliament on January 8 when the Bill was put to vote, and therefore he did not vote for the Bill as has been misconstrued by the opposition party and many other individuals.
“The question of me withdrawing my vote does not arise. On the day the Bill went to vote, I was in Zunheboto as I had to attend the DISHA committee quarterly meeting on the 7th of January 2019 which has also been reported in the local dailies on the 9th & 10th of January 2019,” he stated. The MP also provided press clipping of him addressing the DISHA meeting at Zunheboto on January 7.
Terming as most unfortunate that without ascertaining the actual facts of the matter, he had been accused led by the opposition party Naga People’s Front and its leaders to put blame on him, Tokheho said it is nothing new that the opposition party often jumps to conclusion with eyes closed to attack the ruling government just so as to earn credit before the eyes of the people. “However, in the present case, it is unbecoming of a responsible political party like the NPF to have blindly attacked me without knowing the actual facts. It is to be stated that I do not just represent my party in the Lower House of Parliament, but is there to represent the people of Nagaland, cutting across party lines and affiliation,” he stated.
Tokheho also put on record that as one of the veteran politicians in the state, he will never intentionally or unintentionally try and jeopardize the rights and privileges of the people of the State. He assured to work tirelessly for the welfare and development of the State.
In view of the facts, Tokheho also asked the opposition party and all others who have “unjustly accused” him to rethink their statements and publicly put the records straight before the people who have been misled by the “false and defaming statements and accusations.” (Page News Service)