Dimapur, February 4: President of Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC), K Therie today accused the NDPP led PDA Government in the State of promoting Hindutva and ignoring the freedom of religion of the people of Nagaland.
“In Nagaland we are living in a war-like state where every men and women are unable to raise their head…We have a government that promotes Hindutva and ignore our own freedom of religion. We have a government with the policy to only facilitate and support the ongoing peace process with no more idea than demanding early settlement,” Therie said.
Talking to media persons at Congress Bhavan here, Therie also lambasted the state government for failing to stop illegal taxation in the state.
Therie accused the state government of trying to sell Nagaland, social and customary practices of the Nagas by supporting the controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill, which allows illegal migrants to enter the state and have citizenship under the constitution of India.
Stating that Nagaland state is confused over the issue, the NPCC president said the state government did not apply their mind. “They said Article 371 (A) and the BEFR Act can protect the state from the infiltrators, which in course of time will dilute the customs of the Nagas.”
In what way they can stop granting citizenship to the illegal migrants if Citizenship Bill is amended, he asked, adding “After voting for the Bill and taking decision, they finally took a u-turn after NGOs and civil societies protested.”
He also questioned if any sensible government, sensible leader would take such decision which would hamper the generations to come, and condemned the decision of the PDA Government.
Naga pol issue
On Naga political issue, the NPCC president said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had promised to bring a solution within 18 months, but the only thing done was the signing of Framework Agreement on 3rd August 2015, which he later claimed at Dubai that ‘Naga problem is solved’.
“This is complete betrayal. Our state is helpless and they have no idea what to do,” he lamented.
He also said that the 60 Legislators have promised to pave the way for a honourable and acceptable solution, which should be for the people, and now they have to list out what they will do.
Therie said 21 years of negotiation without solution is unreasonable although Nagas are realizing the difficulties. He said if given the opportunity, Congress will secure a solution to the Naga political problem.
Accusing the state for grooming the BJP, he called upon the Nagas to come together under the banner of secularism and shun Hindutva.
Cong to contest LS Polls
The NPCC president also disclosed that the state Congress will field its candidate for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. Although he did not name any candidate, Therie said the party is working to set up candidate for the Lok Sabha polls.
He also informed that the expulsion of ex-Congress leaders have been revoked already and therefore there is no obstacle for 8 expelled leaders to renew their membership.
He said that the party had not expelled 8 MLAs, that is why they had filed the disqualification petition. He also stated that the party had issued showcause notices to 4 NPCC members but have not expelled them and now time has passed and the tenure is over.
He appealed to all of them to come back to the party. (Page News Service)