The Congress party in Nagaland has alleged that the state government has “failed the people and the state” in regards to “illegal taxation by NPGs and government agencies”. 

The Nagaland Congress said this while extending solidarity to one day business shut-down called on September 16 in Dimapur by DCCI (Dimapur Chamber of Commerce & Industry). 

The shutdown has been called in protest against “rampant multiple and illegal taxation by government agencies and NPGs”. 

“The state government run by regional parties like NPF and NDPP together with BJP have only managed to create a situation where they have allowed illegal taxations to flourish while condemning law abiding citizens to live under constant threat posed by nefarious elements who were allowed to hijack the writ of the state,” the Nagaland Congress said. 

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The Nagaland Congress further alleged that extortion activities have become a “full-fleged industry” in the state. 

The Congress said: “The state government cannot absolve itself from this mess by shifting focus on unresolved Naga political issue. It is an irony that the state government and its agencies have become the biggest extortionist thereby setting trend for nefarious elements taking shelter in various NPGs to increase their activities. Extortion is now the only full-fledged industry in Nagaland and is no longer cottage industry as perceived in earlier times. This is the only achievement of regional parties, NPF and now NDPP running the government with BJP since 2003.” 

It added: “The silence of the public has only aggravated our plight with skyrocketing prices on every market item that has put the cost of living to unmanageable level for many families. The choice before the silent majority in Nagaland is to perish like fools by continually remaining silent or finding courage beyond narrow clan and tribe interest to resist misgovernance and nefarious elements and restore order in our society.” 

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