PDA files complaint against Shurho for ‘inflammatory speeches’

PDA files complaint against Shurho  for ‘inflammatory speeches’

Dimapur, May 23: The NDPP and the BJP Nagaland have lodged complaint to the Election Commission of India and the Chief Electoral Officer, Nagaland against NPF president, Dr Shurhozelie Liezietsu for indulging in communally inflammatory speeches in violation of Model Code of Conduct.
In separate complaints to the ECI and CEO Nagaland, NDPP Election Agent, Prasielie Pienyu and State BJP president, Visasolie Lhoungu said on May 15 at a NPF party campaign at Ura Academy Hall, Kohima, Dr Shurhozelie indulged in highly inflammatory speeches which had the effect of promoting feelings of enmity, hatred and ill-will and creating disharmony between different religious communities on the ground of religion.
Citing newspapers report, the NDPP said in the rally, the NPF president stated, “Minorities across the country including Christians were being persecuted by the RSS, of which the BJP was a political wing. He further said it was time to speak the truth that if one was to become Hindu, they can vote for PDA’s candidate Tokheho Yepthomi. But if the people want to vote for the Nagas, for secularism and for the Christian faith, they should vote for Jamir.”
The NDPP said the MPF president’s speech clearly and without any ambiguity exhorts the voters of Nagaland to vote on religious sentiments, which is a clear violation of the MCC. “Moreover, such venomous speech at the very beginning of the campaign for the upcoming Lok Sabha by-poll shall definitely affect the public tranquillity and law and order of the State.
The NDPP claimed that the NPF president’s speech may result in violent clashes and street fights, vitiating the atmosphere of free, fair, smooth and peaceful election, unless such tendencies are curtailed at the very beginning by the Commission.
The NDPP requested the ECI to direct the State Government to immediately register FIR against Dr Shurhozelie Liezietsu and criminal proceedings initiated against him. It also wanted the State Government/District administration that no permission be granted for holding any public meetings, public processions, public rallies, road shows, etc, where Dr Shurhozelie is expected or likely to participate and take all preventive measures against Shurhozelie under the relevant provisions of law to ensure that no act of commission or omission was resorted to by them which may have the effect of prejudicially affecting public tranquillity and law and order. (Page News Service)