NECCC chief calls on Dr Singh; demands dismissal of Nagaland gov

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New Delhi, Dec 31 (UNI) General Secretary and media in charge of the North East Congress Co-ordination Committee (NECCC) Sharif Uz-Zaman Laskar today called on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and demanded the immediate dismissal of the Neiphiu Rio government and imposition of President's Rule in Nagaland.

''Mr Rio's government in Nagaland has lost confidence vote on the floor of the House and has no constitutional right to remain in power even for a day,'' Mr Laskar told Dr Singh during the half-an-hour meeting.

He further alleged that the Rio government was besieged with massive ''corruption and inefficiency and failed in all fronts''.

The Centre should dismiss the Rio government, invite the Congress-led alliance and hold free, fair and peaceful election under the new dispensation, Mr Laskar said.

Mr Laskar also discussed about the Congress Party's prospects for the coming Assembly elections in Meghalaya, Nagaland, Tripura and Mizoram. The Prime Minister also sought to know about the situaton in Assam, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim.

Mr Laskar told the Prime Minister that the party was coming back to power in Meghalaya and the party was also expected to repeat the last performance in the Panchayat election in Assam.

In Tripura, the Communist Party of India (Marxists)-led Left Front government has ruined the state, he alleged. ''During its rule, CPM partymen have unleashed a reign of terror, attacking women and opposition supporters in the state,'' he said.

Mr Laskar demanded deployment of a large number of Central Paramilitary forces in Tripura during the elections. ''Only this can help in holding peaceful elections in the border state,'' he added.

Mr Laskar also informed Dr Singh about the current famine situation in Mizoram due to flowering of the bamboo. ''There is a phenomenal rise in the rodent population due to the flowering of the bamboo, which has put the state in economically bad position with the Mizo National Front (MNF) government doing little for the poor state,'' Mr Laskar added.

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