“The Government is for the welfare of the people. It is wrong to be owned by a political party”

Addressing concerns over the ongoing ULB election campaigns, Nagaland Congress leader K Therie has called upon the State Election Commission to intervene and caution campaigners against resorting to desperate and intimidating tactics.

Therie, expressing dismay, highlighted instances where several MLAs are allegedly threatening ULB candidates and the public with “biased mindset to deprive development and facilities.”

“What more is there to deprive when people do not have basic amenities such as water, electricity, roads, drains, schools, and hospitals?” asked Therie. “They do not need them because they buy water, generators, SUVs, send their children to other states and abroad and travel to the nation’s best hospitals or even abroad for treatment, at the expense of the public. They do not want voters to elect capable leaders to work for the people,” he continued.

Stating that the very meaning of legislator signifies making laws for people’s welfare, Therie said it is prudent for the members, especially the ruling members, to define their responsibilities to themselves and act accordingly.
“The Government is for the welfare of the people. It is wrong to be owned by a political party,” he stated, adding that the Constitution and laws apply to all citizens.

“It means that tax is levied upon all and so, the benefits of various schemes by the government are for all. In a democracy, one may be elected by a party ticket based on the election manifesto. That manifesto is not for a particular party, it is for all the citizens. What is provided by the Constitution cannot be deprived to any bona fide citizen. Such insensible leaders attract legal action, the public should reject them in future in the interest of peace, justice, and equality,” he added.

He observed that the campaigns are turning ugly. “Misuse of power and intimidation should be stopped. Honourable Members need to be told of their limits and duties,” he added.

He further appealed to the voters to do what is morally right for the people.

Mokokchung Times

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