Dimapur, March 19 (MExN): The Bharatiya Janata Party Nagaland today accused the NPCC of projecting a secular image only during elections to get votes but becoming “sickular” or non-secular and ruling with “fundamentalist vigour” thereafter.
The Congress Party is “culturally and regionally dividing the nation,” BJP Nagaland said in a statement issued by its General Secretary (Media) & Spokesperson Jaangsillung Gonmei.
The Party was responding to allegations levelled by Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee President K Therie at the introductory programme for the new team of Nagaland Pradesh Youth Congress (NPYC) at Congress Bhavan in Kohima on March 17.
The NPCC President has sounded his “acute desperation because of his Congress party’s grand losses across the country and the North East” BJP said.
“Criticizing BJP has always been the Congress’ escapist method to camouflage its own faults, weakness, non-secularism, corruption and misrules to shield its leaders from their disgruntled workers,” it added.
Responding to allegations of erosion of cultures and traditions etc, the BJP said that Political parties are not responsible for that as, “Religion is a private matter and only the individual Christian’s inward qualities determine its larger Christian image by conforming to and most importantly, practicing in daily life, it’s tenets.”
The Party also maintained that the fundamental rights under “Article 29, 30 besides the Directive Principles and 371(A) offer sufficient protection for religion, tradition, cultures, education etc.”
The NPCC President’s feigned apprehension of abrogating Art 371(A) is just a weak pretext expecting to draw ignorant votes, the BJP claimed.
On the issue of corruption and other related issues, the Party responded that, “All these of congress misrules have made all the Nagas backward spiritually, ethically, culturally unable to grab modernity.”
Congress’ money centric politics have created generations of greedy materialistic and therefore non-practicing Christians harbouring divisions on tribal, regional, village lines, it further alleged.
The BJP and its allies are committed to build a strong nation throughout the length and breadth of the country on the principles of “Sabka Saath, Sabka ka Vikas” or “Together with all, Development of all”, it added.
It further reminded BJP in eight years has achieved what the “Congress Government could not do in 50 years” on Naga Political issue. It was the BJP Government under Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee who on October 28, 2003 described the ‘uniqueness’ of Naga political struggle and Prime Minister Narendra Modi Government, who reached the “Framework Agreement of 3rd August, 2015.”
On the EVM, the BJP Nagaland said that since its introduction in 1982, “only losers complained about EVMs” and it continue to end up as the convenient ‘fall guy’ for parties and candidates in the face of electoral defeat.
“Controversies about EVMs have been raised time and again…Over the years, all the courts and ECI had attested its non-tamperability. Sufficient four layer safeguards of Software, administrative, technical and judicial scrutiny ensures that these machines are fully tamper-proof.”
It will be further reinforced with the Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) besides extreme weather proofs to enhance its non-tamperability, the BJP Nagaland stated.