NDPP claims it ‘has never and will never’ condone anti-democratic methods like booth capturing

Kohima: NDPP says it has always been vocal against religious intolerance and will continue to oppose such acts in furture

BY | Tuesday, 16 April, 2024

In reply to the allegation made by the Congress party that the NDPP-BJP were preparing for booth capturing in 12 Assembly Constituencies on Lok Sabha Polling Day in Nagaland, the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) on Tuesday asserted that the Party “has never and will never be a party to any kind of practice that goes against the very fabric of democracy and the conduct of free and fair elections.”

The ruling Party also stated that it does not “condone, support or resort to such anti-democratic methods like booth capturing etc” and appealed to the electorates of Nagaland not to be swayed by such unsubstantiated allegations.

The party promotes and supports the conduct of free and fair elections as enshrined under the Constitution of India, it maintained while condemning the complaint of the Congress Party which it claimed was an attempt “to defame the image and name of the two political parties namely NDPP and BJP.”

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The Party affirmed its commitment “to protect the rights and privileges of each and every citizen of Nagaland as enshrined under Article 371(A)” and asserted that it “will not compromise our Christian faith and belief as we work towards further uplifting our State and our people.”

It reminded electorates that election is a battle of political ideologies and principles and not on religious and communal lines and regretted that Dr Chumben Murry, the consensus candidate of People’s Democratic Alliance, “has been condemned and targeted along with the party he represents – the NDPP on religious lines.”

While stating that religion is a choice safeguarded by the Constitution, NDPP asserted that it has “always been vocal against such acts of religious intolerance and will continue to oppose such acts in the days and years to come.”

Acknowledging that religious persecutions are happening all over the world including India, NDPP said, “However, in the present juncture, is it also not a form of religious intolerance/persecution that we are condemning fellow believers in Christ on religious lines?”

The Ruling Party therefore urged “all fellow believers to love and respect one another” and to cast their valuable votes “conscientiously and not emotionally” in favour of NDPP led PDA alliance and its candidate, Dr Chumben Murry.

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