Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Therie regrets that people vote for money & power

K. Therie who recently resigned as president of Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) said it was in response to the verdict of the people in the 2023 assembly election where Congress drew a blank in all 24 seats it contested.
Therie, in a statement, said he had initially withheld his resignation in view of announcement of ULB election but after the cancellation notice on March 30, 2023 by the state election commissioner, he saw no reason to delay his resignation.
Therie said he enjoyed having served the people through the platform of the Congress for eight years as NPCC president and the support he received from people all over the state especially rank and file of the party. He also said friends in the local media were his source of strength.
Therie regretted that he misled himself into believing that people would vote for Congress on demand for implementation of the agreed political solution, restoration of governance and infrastructure. Therie said issues raised by the Congress won appreciation from “many elite leaders and intelligentsia” but expressed disappointment that the “economically poor multitude’s consideration was money and ruling power.”
Therie expressed shock to note that those people protesting in the streets against the government instead, worked the hardest for the ruling government they had opposed.
“Nagaland election is not a democratic election. It is auction of votes and playing with proxy votes”, he said. Therie also claimed he has not heard of any Presiding Officer or Polling Officer “stopping proxy votes.”
Though he has resigned from the post of NPCC president, Therie said he continues to be a Congress member as his faith in secular India could not be taken away. Therie said he will continue to work for the present and future generations to enjoy freedom of faith and hope.
He also thanked Mrs Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi for reposing trust in him and also AICC president Mallikarjun Kharge for his support.
Therie also expressed happiness that S. Supongmeren Jamir has been appointed as NPCC president to succeed him. He said Supongmeren worked closely with him and described the new NPCC president as a down to earth man with no ego. Therie said Supongmeren has gained experience about the function and governance of the party and who has also been tested by fire and water as he understands what victory and defeat meant since he had also been elected as MLA. Therie also said Supongmeren would be more affable and therefore wished him all success in his new assignment.


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