We lost to corrupt money power: Cong

We lost to corrupt money power: Cong
NPCC President, K Therie

Dimapur, March 4: The Congress today refused to honour and accept the verdict of the 2018 elections in Nagaland on the contention that the verdict is a reflection of the people of Nagaland before the world that Nagaland is a corrupt society.
In a press release, NPCC president, K Therie said there was no conscious vote as expected of the Representation of the People of Act 1951.
“The Act has outlived itself and is no more effective. The Electoral Roll itself is defective with multiple entries. Bribes and massive proxy voting could not be stopped. CCTV and Web casting could not stop proxy voting. Serious electoral reform is necessary. The present system of election is not fit for the rural poor society who does not understand the system and purpose of election,” he said.
Therie said it was known that Congress was going to draw a blank but it decided not to retire INC candidates.
“We gave what we have to the people of Nagaland. If one has gone through our election Manifesto, we believe, we have given a vision document that was meant for change in totality. Congress candidates were the best candidates. They were all God fearing secular-minded leaders with good morals,” Therie claimed.
He further stated that the rural population has become too poor and has nothing more than money in their minds. He said this situation has been exploited with corrupt money gained from MGNREGA, the BJP and the NDPP.
Stating that people have chosen corrupt money over leadership, issues and programmes, the NPCC president said, “I am pained to see that many educated persons who behave like having high morals in society and Church, are the ones with money bags moving house to house to buy votes. Therefore, the verdict is not an honourable verdict for any decent citizen.”
He also alleged that the entire election was reduced to an auction of votes. For a house having two votes, Rs. 1 lakh was paid, he alleged adding there was no vote for good roads, hospitals, schools and other decaying infrastructures.
“No one raised objection to MGNREGA corruptions. No one raised issues from the Election Manifestos. Some party did not even offer Election Manifesto. The Electoral College did not question or discuss issues or manifestos. The vote was not for the future,” he stated adding the reason for Congress’ election debacle is for our inability to beat the power of corrupt money.
“We have lost the battle to corrupt money,” Therie said. (Page News Service)