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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2734

Voting against our own candidate against coalition spirit: Dr Lotha

By Oken Jeet Sandham - Asian Tribune

Kohima, 23 July (NEPS): The outcome of the Presidential Election has taken many particularly in Nagaland by surprise when over 50% of the ruling DAN members were found voting against their own NDA-backed Presidential candidate, Bhairon Singh Shekhawat. The BJP-led NDA backs the present DAN coalition government in Nagaland.

As per the result, only 12 out of 43 ruling DAN members cast for NDA-backed Independent Presidential Candidate, whereas 40 including 17 Opposition Congress Members went in favor of Congress-led UPA sponsored Candidate. Five votes were found invalid. This means 23 non-Congress Members from the ruling DAN in Nagaland voted for the Opposition Congress-led UPA sponsored Presidential Candidate.

“This is unbecoming and against the spirit of coalition,” thundered Dr TM Lotha, Nagaland BJP Legislature Party Chief and who was also Polling Agent of NDA-backed Independent Presidential Candidate Bhairon Singh Shekhawat in the recently concluded Presidential Election in the State. “We should have some political principle and at least in a state like ours where the government is run by non-Congress coalition partners backed by NDA, voting against our own candidate is uncalled for.”

Dr Lotha also did not subscribe to ruling NPF’s time-to-time claim that latter’s support to the Congress-led UPA Government at the Center was issued-based. Such assertion was ridiculous after this very present DAN government had enjoyed unprecedented economic packages, development packages and more so in getting certain status to the Naga political issue from the previous BJP-led NDA government, he stated.

The Nagaland BJP leader further disclosed he along with some BJP leaders had earlier discussed that consultation among the coalition partners was necessary for the coming presidential election, which the Chief Minister readily agreed to. But such consultation did not take place rather the NPF had unilateral decision to go for conscience vote which was much against the pre-poll understanding, he pointed out.

This was not the first time that the major ruling NPF had betrayed the BJP. In the past by-elections and MP elections too, they had never allowed the BJP to field their own candidates. Even in the last two by-elections, which were necessitated due to the sudden unfortunate demise of their two BJP MLAs, they did not even make room for the BJP to play there. “Yet we still tolerate and continue to maintain the pre-poll coalition spirit,” Dr Lotha, who is also Minister in the present DAN Ministry, said.

Re-assuring that despite of all these un-friendly attitudes of the ruling NPF, they would do their best that the present DAN coalition ministry in Nagaland complete its tenure and never go against the wishes of the coalition spirit, Dr Lotha said, avowing, “We would never shy away from our responsibilities.”

- Asian Tribune -

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