Independent candidate from 14 Southern Angami-1 Assembly Constituency, Kevipodi Sophie, on Saturday said that problem of corruption was deeply rooted and starts from grassroots level.
Taking to Nagaland Post at his residence here on Saturday, Sophie, who defeated NDPP candidate Medo Yokha by a margin of 177 votes, disclosed that the demand for money by the voters were so high that one cannot meet their needs.
He said that people would come in groups or in the name of clans and ask for money ranging from Rs.3-5 lakh. Sophie said that if money factor was not in the frame, politicians would not be as corrupted as the public portrayed them. He explained that after looting the candidate, the voters then turn around and blame the government for the unfinished development works.
Calling for the need to create more awareness, he said that even if churches preached on clean election, until and unless it was implemented, the people would turn deaf to their preaching.
Sophie stated that changing the mindset of the people was the only solution. He said that politicians were only partly to be blamed for the corruption, adding that voters were largely to blame.
Sophie, former president of Southern Angami Public Organization (SAPO), said that one of the biggest challenges faced during the assembly elections 2023 was the ruling party factor, which had been set up from the grassroots level. However, in his case, Sophie said he had only one full month for preparation.
Sharing his priorities, Sophie said he would consult with the constituency people concerning schemes or projects, which were needed by the people. He also emphasised on focusing on youth empowerment and welfare for the widows and widowers by providing them financial grant.
Sophie also affirmed to extend unconditional support to the new government.