Tuesday, May 20, 2008

State govt provoked bandh: Congress

DIMAPUR, MAY 19 (NPN): Holding the DAN government responsible for what was described as “unprecedented rise in prices of commodities” and the worsening law and order situation in the state, the Congress said these were the two issues on which Monday’s 12- hour Dimapur bandh had been called.Addressing a press conference, former chief minister and MLA, K.L. Chishi blamed the DAN coalition for the deaths of innocent people in factional- related incidents. He accused the government of showing a lukewarm response to the law and order situation despite the CLP’s repeated request to seriously address the problem. On the killing of an IRB jawan at Diphupar ‘B’ area, Chishi asserted “had government been active and responsive for the life and sentiments of the people,) at that point of time it (government) could have flushed out undergrounds in the areas” . However, Chishi lamented that the DAN government instead slept over it. Chishi said the Congress legislators, while submitting a memorandum to the Governor and chief minister on the deteriorating situation, had also “verbally apprised the chief minister but he (Rio) replied that Assam Rifles and paramilitary forces were not co-operating”. Chishi also claimed that the Congress had asked the DAN government to invoke the special provision for maintenance of law and order as was provided to the government. He also claimed that Monday’s bandh was cent percent successful and incident-free. Chishi also reiterated that his party’s intention behind the bandh was to educate the people and make the government respond and not to create any situation.Calling upon the different underground factions adhere to the ceasefire ground rules in letter and spirit, the Congress legislator wondered why the factions resorted to firing in public places.Highlighting on the unprecedented price rise in the state, Chishi said there was a huge price difference between Dimapur and neighboring Assam, a distance of not even “one hundred feet away from Nagaland gate”. He said rates of commodities were collected from Guwahati, Bokajan and Khatkhati and when compared with the prevalent rates in Dimapur,there was a huge price difference. Chishi said price increase should be rational but added that the price increases in Dimapur was too much. “We have done our job as opposition to educate our people. Let them realize there is strong opposition” Chishi said. Also speaking at the press conference, MLA, S.I Jamir said prices in Dimapur were higher by more than 90% than the prevalent rates in neighbouring Assam. MLA, Hewoto attributed the successful bandh to the co-operation of the people. He questioned the DAN government on how many security force personnel were deployed during May 16 incident and warned “if government neglects people we may even go further” signaling state wide bandh.To a query, MLA Tokheho held chief minister Neiphiu Rio directly responsible for inflation in Nagaland since he(CM) also holds the Food and Civil Supplies portfolio.Tokheho blasted the chief minister for reportedly telling the union home minister, Shivraj Patil during the latter’s visit to the state that the state government would send one IRB company to Jammu & Kashmir and one NAP Battalion to Delhi. He wanted to know why the chief minister was willing to send the troops when he had earlier said that the paramilitary forces were not co-operating with the state government . He accused the DAN government of being “close with one underground faction but outwardly portraying itself as being equi-distance” Chishi also accused the DAN government of showing total disrespect for the sentiments of the Congress party when it directed the DMC to clean Dimapur town using JCBs during Monday’s bandh.
(Courtesy: Nagaland Post)

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