Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Nagaland: NPCC organizes ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ in Dimapur

Staff Reporter

Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) on Saturday took out a rally in support of Rahul Gandhi’s ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ at Dimapur, covering a distance of around 18 kms The yatra was also held to commemorate the birth anniversary of former prime minister Indira Gandhi.
Several Congress leaders and party workers led by NPCC president K. Therie and AICC secretary in-charge of Sikkim and Nagaland Ranajit Mukherjee led the march from DC Court Junction that culminated at Chümoukedima gate-1.
Addressing the gathering before the kickstarting the yatra at DC court junction area, NPCC president K Therie said that Congress wanted to unite people against the division of the country being carried out by the BJP through the yatra.
He accused the BJP government at the Centre of pushing the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and Uniform Civil Code (UCC) with an agenda promote Hindutva and suppress the identity of others in a country as diverse as India. “For Naga society, our ethnic values, religion faith and culture are different, we cannot allow it to be submerged in the ocean of Hindutva,” he stated.
Therie appealed to all supporters of BJP and NDPP in Nagaland grow in the interest of Naga identity, culture, custom and ethnic value. He, therefore, called upon all to join hands in order to protect Naga culture and identity and not submit to the agenda of Hindutva.
While lauding the organizing committee for the initiative to draw the attention of the people through the yatra, Therie said it was time for all to wake up for change from religious and communal divide, corruption etc.
On the Naga political issue, Therie said negotiations have been taking place for nearly three decades yet there was still no solution. He said Naga issue could have been resolved, if only BJP government had the will to do so. Therie asserted that the Congress was willing to do it, if given the opportunity.
He said as Nagas have sacrificed for decades to preserve and protect the customs, traditions, identity and faith, the people should not allow BJP to submerge all these.
Therie said the 48 legislators of the regional party were “salves” of the BJP and accused them of selling the identity of the Nagas.
“They are slaves, they do not represent us. They are unable to stand for the cause of the people,” he said.
AICC secretary in-charge of Sikkim and Nagaland Ranajit Mukherjee said Rahul Gandhi launched the Bharat Jodo Yatra from Kanyakumari, to undertake 3,570 km journey till Kashmir, with a mission to unite the country that has been divided on religious lines, community, caste, creed etc.
Ranajit said the division has been deliberately created to suppress the minorities and use the agenda of fear.
He, therefore, called upon all to unite and save Nagaland and not be swayed by the BJP’s Hindutva ideology. He also informed that the party would be holding similar yatra in other parts of the district.
Addressing the gathering during a brief halt at Naga Shopping Arcade area, NPCC vice president and chairman of Kisan Congress, V. Lasuh stressed that clean election should not only be a movement by the church but equal responsibilities should be taken by village councils, GBs and town councils.
He, therefore, requested all the concerned authorities to conduct elections with honesty and integrity and to ensure free and fair election for progress and transparency. Lasuh also appealed to the gathering to vote for the right candidate in the upcoming general election.
Short speeches were also delivered by NPCC vice president Alem Jongshi, chairman minority department Sarif Ahmed, Dimapur DCC president Kutoho Chishi, DCC Wokha general secretary Thungjanbemo Lotha, Dimapur District Mahila Congress vice president Kiniho V Awomi.
Bharat Jodo Yatra Nagaland joint coordinator Rajesh Sethi, Nagaland Pradesh Mahila Congress president N Lucy, All India Professional Congress, Nagaland chapter president Pretso Therie and Dimapur District Youth Congress president Mukhe Yimkhiung.
During the lath at 4th mile, short speeches were delivered by NPCC vice president S Supongmeren Jamir, NPCC vice president W Akum Yimkhuing, Nagaland Pradesh Mahila Congress vice president Neojila and ACC presidents.
At the Chümoukedima, short speeches were delivered by NPYC representatives, DCC presidents of other districts and others.
Earlier, the Nagaland Congress theme song by Vivi Yepthomi was also launched on the occasion.
The programme began with invocation by Lotha Baptist Church, Dimapur senior associate pastor Yanbemo Lotha.
The closing remark was proposed by NPCC secretary and joint coordinator Bharat Jodo Yatra, Nagaland Akavi N Zhimomi and closing prayer by NPCC vice president W Akum Yimkhuing.


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