The Nagaland unit of BJP has lodged a complaint with Nagaland chief electoral officer against NPF president Dr Shurhozelie Liezietsu for allegedly indulging in communally inflammatory speeches in violation of Model Code of Conduct and other relevant section of law in force.
In a complaint letter to the CEO on Tuesday, state BJP president Visasolie Lhoungu said Shurhozelie during the NPF party campaign for 2018 the Lok Sabha by-election in Nagaland at Ura Academy Hall, Kohima, on May 15 had deliberately indulged in highly inflammatory communal speeches thereby promoting feelings of enmity, hatred and creating disharmony between different religious communities on the ground of religion. The letter was made available to the media on Wednesday.
The state BJP president urged the CEO to take necessary steps and precaution to enforce Model Code of Conduct and prosecute the NPF president under provision of law.
He also requested the CEO to direct the state government to lodge an FIR against Shurhozelie and initiate criminal proceedings against him.
The letter quoted Shurhozelie as saying “minorities across the country including Christians were being persecuted by the RSS, of which the BJP was a political wing”. It also said he further stated that “it was time to speak the truth that if one was to become Hindu, they can vote for candidate Tokheho Yepthomi. But if the people want to vote for the Nagas, for secularism and for the Christian faith, they should vote for Jamir.” The statement of Shurhozelie was reported in two widely circulated local newspapers in Nagaland and was also circulated on electronic media.
According to Lhoungu, such “venomous speech” at the beginning of the campaign for the by-election will adversely affect public tranquility and law and order in the state having many different tribes and create a feeling enmity and hatred among the different tribes and classes of people.