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Nagaland Congress protests against freezing of Party bank accounts

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DIMAPUR, FEBRUARY 19: The Congress party in Nagaland today staged a silent protest outside the Income Tax Office at Dimapur against the freezing of the party’s bank accounts. This was as a part of nationwide protest by the Congress party.
The Income Tax Department had frozen all bank accounts of the Congress over a discrepancy in filing its 2018-29 returns on Friday. The accounts were frozen over an income tax demand of Rs 210 crore but an I-T appellate tribunal later allowed it to operate them, pending a further hearing next week, which was a huge relief for the party, which said the move had impacted all political activity.
President of Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC), S Supongmeren Jamir said that all ranks and file of the NPCC have staged the silent protest showing their resentment as the IT Department has seized the accounts of AICC and the Indian National Youth Congress.
“This is nothing but…since the Parliamentary election is coming, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Government is afraid of the Congress’ activities and the INDIA bloc in the country”, he said talking to media persons at the protest site, adding, “This the only alternative way, the BJP Government is trying to suppress the activities of the Congress.”
Jamir said that the BJP knows that the Youth Congress is the frontal agency to fight in the election for the right of the people, they are the only people who can go to the grassroots people and exchange the views. So, they (Govt.) are trying to curtail the activities of the Indian Youth Congress, he added.
Stating that the Government’s actions ares really affecting the party’s activities, he said it is killing democracy of the country.
He also said that the BJP Government does not want democracy in the country and want to establish RSS activities in the country since RSS is the frontal agency of the BJP Government. They are suppressing all activities of the Congress party in the country he said adding it would also affect Nagaland State.
He also alleged that Assam Government is depriving the rights of the minorities and the same thing would happen in Nagaland. “We have 87% Christianity in Nagaland but once RSS activities are imposed we will be in problem. And they are trying to do away with secularism in the State”, he said.
He said the activities of Income Tax Department are unconstitutional and they, along with Modi Government policies, are involved to suppress democracy in the country.
He also said that the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Income Tax Department should not succumb to the BJP’s policies and should not kill democracy in tandem with the BJP Government’s policies.
He also said that their protest is going to continue till they achieve their goals.
The NPCC President also said that they have not submitted any memorandum as such on the issue but held discussion about their purpose with Income Tax officials today. He said that the party has told the IT officials that they are not against the Department, but have informed them that NPCC is also against the seizure of the party’s accounts.
“We have also conveyed to them that we want justice and there should be uniformity but the laid down act should not be imposed to a particular party or to particular minority for the advantage of the ruling BJP Government”, he said.
On a questions about the situation in Assam where the Christian communities have been allegedly asked to remove the cross and other statues belong to their faith, Supongmeren said, “This is a very dangerous signal and red alert given to us, especially Nagaland Baptist Church Council and all denominations should be aware that it is very near. We are also going to face the same problem in the State. Therefore, Christians and minority people should be alert and should stand together to fight for the rights of every individual.”
When asked whether Assam and Nagaland Chief Ministers should intervene and speak on this, the NPCC president said that Assam Chief Minister is the main culprit and added that they have adopted a resolution in the Assam Assembly banning healing with miracles. “When we speak about the healing powers, it is mostly the Christians who do through the blessing of God and by that Christians are trying to help the needy and sick people and give good education, but they don’t want us to go ahead with those activities. They don’t want to give the privileges to the minorities and now the same reaction will come to Nagaland also”, he said.
He also said that Nagaland Chief Minister should also speak against the move.
He further said that Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio is head of the regional party and regional party are the guardian of the rights of Nagaland.
“They are supposed to play the prime role to protect Nagas and the tribal people. It is time that he should come out and speak against the Chief Minister of Assam and the policies which are imposed on the minority sections, to the Christians and Nagas who are living in Assam”, he said.
To a query whether Congress would be putting up candidate for Lok Sabha election, the NPCC President replied in affirmative and said they want to protect the Christians and minority sector, who are living in Nagaland.
(Page News Service)