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NPCC for conduct of Nagaland polls with ballot papers

 KOHIMA, March 18 - The Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) president has asserted that the State Congress will approach Election Commission to conduct the 2018 State Assembly election through ballot papers and not EVMs.

On the recent results of Assembly polls in five States, the State Congress president expressed apprehensions that the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) were “tampered”. “EVMs can be tempered and manipulated and the voter will never know where the vote is cast even if he/she presses the right button, but ballot papers will carry the right stamp chosen by the voter,” he said.

The State Congress president K Therie was speaking at the introductory programme of the newly-appointed office bearers of Nagaland Pradesh Youth Congress at Congress Bhavan here on Friday. He also alleged that the elected representatives of the ruling Naga People’s Front (NPF) Government have “no dreams and vision” for the people of the State.

“We have programmed robots in the government, who are functioning without any vision and dream for the welfare and uplift of the Naga people in the State,” Therie said.

He was Nagas of Nagaland are suffering by electing “robots to suppress and dictate” for the last 15 years, Therie said while alleging that NPF has become a ‘comfort party’ of the BJP and are facilitating and supporting BJP ideologies and principles in a Christian State like Nagaland.

He alleged that if the NPF is allowed to continue to run the government, the special rights of the Naga people guaranteed under Article 371(A) of the Constitution of India “will be taken away by the BJP Government in the Centre”.

Nagaland and North East cannot allow our identity to be submerged with the ideologies of BJP, which is trying to rule the country by dividing the people on religious lines, he alleged.

“Unless we change the government, Naga people will continue to suffer,” he said. On the vexed unresolved Naga people issue, Therie alleged that the BJP Government is not “sincere” to resolve the issue because of which even the contents of framework agreement signed between Centre and NSCN(IM) is yet to be made public. – PTI

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