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Posted on Feb 04, 03:10PM | UNI
Kohima, Feb 4 : The Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) has reacted to Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio's statement that the booklet published by NPCC contained 'mere allegations', the Congress has termed Rio's statement as 'far from truth.'
In a statement issued by NPCC today said the booklet titled '10 Years of NPF misrule in Nagaland - A Decade of Scandals and Corruptions' was an 'exposÃ©' of how the Naga Peoples Front (NPF) led Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) Government indulged in 'rampant corruption for the sole aim to embezzle and amass their ill-gotten wealth on the expense of the state exchequer.'
NPCC argued that the 'exposÃ©' was based on the revelations obtained on the floor of the House through relentless questionings from the opposition.
NPCC also took a dig at Mr Rio's claim on commitment towards 'facilitating the solution' and 'paving the way' on the Naga political issue stating that this was 'nothing but only a lip service' in an effort to justify DAN government's 'hip-hop stand' on the same issue which has brought 'nothing but a betrayal to the Naga peoples' aspiration.'
NPCC said if the NPF legislators had resigned at the opportune time as desired by the Congress legislators, the Nagas would have not faced this election and instead the ongoing peace process could have some concrete shape by now.
The statement also pointed out that NPF campaign on its commitment to bring a solution to the Naga political issue within three months time was made in 2003 and that the same was being echoed even after a decade.
Reacting to the allegation that Congress was to be blamed for blocking the visits of the Central leaders to the state and the release of funds, NPCC said it was a diversion tactics adopted by NPF led DAN Government.
The NPCC pointed out that the Central Government could not trust the DAN Government because of its 'rampant indulgence in corruption' in every level of governance, misuse of funds in CSS, fraudulent withdrawal of money from the state exchequer.