Thursday, March 30, 2023

Therie campaigns; promises to address issues

Staff Reporter

Congress candidate for 1-Dimapur-I assembly constituency and also president Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) K Therie has emphasised on the need for a strong opposition to ensure a corrupt-free governance in Nagaland.
He said this while addressing media at Congress Bhavan here Wednesday to underline that the current situation in Nagaland mandated a strong opposition to rein in blatant corruption. Therie also claimed that Congress had always raised its voice against corruption and had also declared that it stood for welfare of the people. He called for electing a government that would serve the people without being blinded by money and power. He assured that Congress would endeavour to implement the agreed political solution and restore governance to ensure that everyone’s life and property were secured.
The NPCC president said it was also high time that people open their eyes to decide what would be best for them, instead of opting for a wrong person.
Therie, who had represented 16 Pfutsero A/C twice- in 1998 uncontested as Congress candidate and in 2003 as NPF candidate, also explained the reason behind his decision to contest from Dimapur-1 assembly constituency.
Therie said Dimapur city has been “beaten black and blue”, with pockets of each and every citizen were robbed while public infrastructure like roads were dysfunctional. He alleged that the revenue collected through taxes has been looted and not spent for public welfare, and that the State government had only been successful in collecting money and pocketing it but not utilising for people. He pointed out that people at Dhobinala Road area have been paying highest tax to the State had there are no proper roads in the area. He reminded the media that Congress had staged protest on this issue and after which authorities assured to address the issues before Christmas 2020.
However that assurances was yet to be fulfilled he said.
Therie said that despite being the commercial hub of the state, where the business community, catering to the entire State and even neighbouring States, was based; the state government , for the last 20 years has failed to protect the community.
He claimed that Congress has been standing firmly for the safety and protection of the business community, some of whose members were kidnapped and released after heavy ransoms were paid while some were assassinated, etc.
Therie accused the state government of failing to nab culprits as it only registered cases against “unknown miscreants”. He said it was for this reason, that the Congress has been raising its voice on the collapse of law and order and lack of governance,
He also echoed the unfulfilled needs of Dimapur urgently needing a sewage system, good roads, drinking water, traffic decongestion, etc and assured that Congress was committed to addressing them.
Meanwhile, NPCC minority department chairman Rajesh Sethi, who had been aspiring to contest Dimapur –I gave way for Therie, clarified that he had given up the idea to back the election of his party president instead.
Sethis also mentioned that Dimapur-1 AC was one of the most important constituenciesof the State as it was the only unreserved/general seat in Nagaland of a cosmopolitan city from where most of the trade and commerce activities were based.
He pointed out that despite assurances, issues like poor roads, power shortage, drainage problem, railway land encroachment issue, etc, were yet to be resolved.
He highlighted the Congress manifesto and pointed out that the party had fielded two candidates to represent minorities. He said the party would set up a Minority Board Committee to address the issues of the minorities in the State.
Sethi said that the minorities had been left behind as no scheme of the Central government had reached them. Hence, if a committee was formed, they would benefit, he added.


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