Mokokchung, 7 April (MTNews): Amidst the fervor of an ongoing election campaign, Deputy Chief Minister of Home & Border Affairs, Y Patton, has found himself at the center of a storm following a recent statement that has sparked widespread criticism. Patton’s suggestion that only certain individuals, including the council chairman, gaonbura, and polling agents, should participate in voting while others attend to agricultural duties has ignited a firestorm of controversy.

The remarks swiftly drew condemnation from the Congress party, which accused Patton of violating the Model Code of Conduct. In response to the backlash, Patton has moved to clarify his comments, attributing them to an “ill-advised attempt at humor” made in the heat of the campaign trail.

“It was not meant to be taken literally, but rather as a tongue-in-cheek remark about the sometimes burdensome nature of the election process for rural populations,” Patton stated in his defense.

Patton has denied any intention to undermine the democratic process, emphasizing his respect for every citizen’s right to vote.

“I deeply value the right of each and every electorate to make their voice heard. My role and intent is to empower and enable that process, not to circumvent it,” Patton declared.

Acknowledging the gravity of his words, Patton expressed regret for their poor choice and called on all citizens to actively participate in the upcoming Parliamentary elections. He reiterated his unwavering commitment to upholding the democratic principles upon which the nation’s governance is built.

He made the controversial statement during a campaign rally for the PDA consensus candidate Dr Chumben Murry in Wokha on Friday, 5 April.

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