Dimapur, May 30: The NDPP today said that NDPP-BJP had never filed an FIR ordering the arrest of NPF President, Dr Shurhozelie Liezietsu, but have filed complaints with the Returning Officer, 1-Nagaland Parliamentary Constituency as well as the Election Commission of India that Dr. Shurhozelie had violated Sections 3 of the Election Model Code of Conduct (MCC), Section 125 of the Representation of Peoples Act 1951 (RPA) and Section 153A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Dr Shurhozelie had reportedly said, “if one wants to become Hindu, they can vote for the PDAs candidate Mr. Tokheho Yepthomi. But if the people want to vote for the Nagas, for secularism and for the Christian faith, they should vote for Jamir”, which was reported in local dailies on May 16.
The NDPP said that Dr Shurhozelie’s claim that his statement was made to protect Article 25 of the Constitution of India on the freedom of religion, is unfounded since Section 1 of Article 25 of the Constitution states: “Subject to public order, morality and health and to the other provisions of this part, all persons are equally entitled to freedom of conscience and the right freely to profess, practice and propagate religion”.
Stating that the NDPP-BJP does not refute or challenge what has been laid down constitutionally, the NDPP said ever since the by-elections to the Lok Sabha seat was announced by the ECI on April 26 last, the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) was in place in the entire state of Nagaland and all the provisions under the RPA 1951 thereof was enforced.
“Therefore, as Section 1 of Article 25 of the Constitution states, “Subject to public order…”, it is considered that both the MCC as well as the RPA are public orders, since they define the dos and don’t’s during the election process being in place throughout the State,” it said adding, “Also, even in normal circumstances, the IPC which governs all criminal and other activities clearly sates, under section 153A that,”Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony….” is punishable under law.”
The NDPP said the claims of Dr. Shurhozelie of propagating and defending Article 25 of the Constitution of India holds no merit as he is still in violation of Sections 3 of the MCC, 125 of the RPA ad Section 153A of the IPC.
Therefore, the NPF Party should not be trying to justify its Presidents actions while it is very clear that he has violated laws under the Constitution of India, it added.
It further said the PDA has only complained to the Election Commission of India on the grounds that the NPF President has tried to influence voters on the grounds of religion and it has asked the appropriate authority to ensure justice as per the law. (Page News Service)