Mokokchung, 13 December (MTNews): In response to the recent dharna staged in Dimapur by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Nagaland unit following the Income Tax raid in Jharkhand, the Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) has expressed its concern over the BJP’s priorities and actions. S Supongmeren Jamir, the President of NPCC, addressed the issue and raised several points of contention in a press release received here on Wednesday.

The NPCC acknowledged the efforts made by the BJP Nagaland in standing against actions perceived as a threat to individual welfare. However, the committee criticized the BJP’s premature allegations regarding the ownership of the money seized during the Income Tax raid. According to Jamir, the competent authority has not yet provided sufficient information on the matter, and the BJP’s tendency to make assertions before obtaining complete details was emphasized.

“The allegations made by Benjamin Yepthomi, the BJP Nagaland president, and Vanathi Srinivasan, the BJP National President Mahila Morcha, regarding the questioning of ownership of the money, are prematurem” Jamir said.

It may be mentioned here that the BJP Nagaland, led by President Benjamin Yeptho, staged a Dharna in Dimapur on Monday to protest against the substantial undisclosed wealth associated with Congress Rajya Sabha MP Dheeraj Sahu that was revealed after a recent Income Tax raid. This protest came on the heels of a press conference held by BJP Mahila Morcha National President, Vanathi Srinivasan, in Dimapur on Saturday. Srinivasan took aim at the Congress and the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA alliance), discussing the “secret fortune” of Dheeraj Sahu recovered by the Income Tax department. She criticized the opposition’s silence and defended Prime Minister Modi’s demonetization.

Jamir stated that the NPCC firmly opposes “any individual or group that places their personal interests and way of life above the wellbeing of our society and our nation.” Jamir underscored this as a longstanding commitment of the Congress party. “This commitment has been deeply ingrained within our party since our illustrious leaders united people from diverse backgrounds to fight for our independence against British rule,” he said.

The NPCC also pointed out the BJP Nagaland’s “tendency” to neglect pressing issues unique to the state. “Our aim is to shed light on these frequently overlooked concerns and emphasize the critical matters that the BJP Nagaland unit has failed to address,” Jamir maintained.

The party criticized the “unprecedented move by the BJP government” of altering “significant dates that hold great religious significance to the Naga people, in order to establish their own Self Governance Day” and accused the government of favoring authoritarianism over democracy. The omission of terms like “socialist” and “secular” from the Indian Constitution Day was cited as evidence of a lack of consideration for Christian sentiments.

The NPCC alleged that the “current government is plagued by corruption” and stressed the importance of a strong opposition party in a functioning democracy. “Unfortunately, this is lacking as elected members fail to fulfill this crucial role under their opposition-less government,” Jamir added.

Further, NPCC president accused the BJP Nagaland unit of overlooking the “inadequate and irresponsible performance of their own representatives in their respective constituencies” and criticized their insensitivity towards Christian beliefs, exemplified by the decision to conduct the vote counting for the 43 Tapi by-election on a Sunday.

“It is almost as if the ideology of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has permeated their thinking, influencing their decision-making process,” he said.

The NPCC also expressed doubts about the competence of those responsible for resolving the longstanding Naga political issue, saying that it “remains indefinitely postponed.” In contrast, the NPCC asserted its commitment to “positive and constructive” governance under the leadership of Mallikarjun Kharge and Rahul Gandhi, further adding, “We persistently prioritize addressing the real issues faced by our people, without any bias or prejudice.”

“It is through our unwavering commitment to these principles, coupled with our unwavering faith, love, and passion, that we will continue to strive for a more dignified and equitable society,” Jamir added.

The NPCC also advised the BJP in Nagaland to “adopt and embrace such values in their political endeavors and governance if they are to serve the interests and aspirations of the people of Nagaland.”

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