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CM’s office misused: Therie

Correspondent KOHIMA, MAR 17 (NPN)
Published on 18 Mar. 2017 12:35 AM IST
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Amidst a raging controversy over purported signature of former chief minister T.R. Zeliang on chief minister’s road development fund document, which was widely circulated on social media, the NPCC president, K. Therie, said it only showed misuse of office and funds.
Speaking to Nagaland Post at his office chamber at Congress Bhavan here Friday, Therie said the funds were meant for their pocket and not meant for political programme. “I think Naga society has to wake up,” Therie said, adding that Nagas should not allow “these people to misbehave with our people and mismanage the public fund.”
On the CMO’s clarification over signature issue, Therie said three signatures appended in the same document dated March 2017 confirmed of mismanagement of office.
NPCC president lamented that many issues raised by the Congress were not heeded. He said even the vigilance commission declined to take up the petition filed by Congress.
He said even Lok Ayukata was not put forth and that way corruption was completely protected.
Therie also expressed apprehension that the elected members would be forced themselves to sit in the forthcoming NLA session scheduled to begin on March 21. He said none of them will open up and speak for their people.
He said during the forthcoming NLA session, the elected members must discuss the Naga political issue and press the government of India. He, however, expressed doubt that they would barely discuss the issue. 
Meanwhile, NPCC president has asked the Nagaland Tribes Action Committee (NTAC) and Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) whether their target was being pursued since their main agenda was to amend Nagaland Municipal Act. He asked the two committees what way they wanted to amend the Act. Therie cautioned that if they were not able to hit their own target and harboured some political front then that would not go well with the society.
NTAC slams CMO’s clarification
NTAC through its media cell has slammed Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) after it issued clarification on the signature purportedly appended by former chief minister T.R. Zeliang on an official document of Chief Minister’s Road Development Fund (CMRDF) 2016-17 as chief minister dated 8-3-17, which was widely circulated in social media. 
T.R. Zeliang resigned as chief minister on February 19, 2017 and was succeeded by Dr. Shürhozelie Liezietsu.
NTAC termed CMO clarification as unconvincing and accused Zeliang of misusing the highest public office for his “political interest on ground of pure preferential treatment which possibly is unconstitutional if not unethical”.  
As enough damage had been done to the state, NTAC wanted that the people of Nagaland should be emancipated from corrupt politics of TR Zeliang. 
Also, reacting on the issue, JCC and NTAC stated that TR Zeliang was made to relinquish office as chief minister on February 19, 2017 but has appeared to be chief minister again. 
The stand of JCC and NTAC was that, however cunning a person can be, the documents do not lie and his reappearance to sign as chief minister in the distribution of beneficiaries on 8-3-2017 was an insult to the voice of the people, when he was dislodged from the position. 
Zeliang’s action has also invalidated Dr. Shurhozelie Liezietsu as having taken over as the new chief minister on February 22, 2017, NTAC media cell said. 
Media cell also stated that it came as shocking to the general public to once again witness the “blatant bamboozling and abetment” of corruption in the system of governance and management in the affairs of the state by TR Zeliang, who even manipulated the highest echelon of governance – the state’s Chief Minister’s Office, which require the highest degree of respect and honour. It has also revealed the cheap politics of corruption and nepotism and greedy clamour for power indulged by TR Zeliang. Further, NTAC stated that whether the issue was of a claimed leakage of document, it was of immense public interest or “coincidental detection of dishonest big business dealings”. And since the “cat is out of the bag”, they wanted the matter “to be treated as opportune and precise privilege to be given utmost seriousness for the general welfare of the public of Nagaland and not allowed to turn oblivious”. 
NTAC also reminded the Governor that as a Constitutional head of the State he should ensure stringent action upon the lapses to avoid embarrassment brought entirely to the whole state even if “it fails to irk the sentiment of the very person occupying the chair of the state’s Chief Minister as to react appropriately”.

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