DIPHU, April 13:National People’s Party (NPP) candidate Lien Khochon Saturday appealed to the common people to vote wisely. He asked them choose either to vote for an extremist leader or to the candidate who can take up issues of Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao in the Parliament.
Khochon is fighting the upcoming Lok Sabha elections from No 3 Autonomous District constituency against BJP candidate Horensing Bey, Congress candidate Birensing Engti, ASDC candidate Holiram Terang and APHLC candidate JI Kathar. The constituency will go for poll during the second phase on April 18.
“BJP candidate Horensing Bey was an extremist leader. He was the general secretary of UPDS (United People’s Democratic Solidarity). The common public have to think properly as he (Bey) was a leader of an extremist organisation,” Khochon said while addressing an election meeting at Panbari here on Saturday.
“The UPDS had targeted many people from 1999 to 2004. They have targeted Hindi speaking community, Adivasis, Dimasas and our Kuki brothers. Horensing Bey was responsible for such incidents. Many criminal cases are pending against Horensing Bey for disposal. So you decide to whom you vote” he added.
Referring to Birensing Engti the incumbent Congress candidate, Khochon said, “MP Biren Singh Engti is old. He needs to take rest now. As he could do nothing when he was MP, what can he do now? It would be wrong if we elect him again.”
Khochon also targeted Autonomous State Demand Committee (ASDC) candidate Holiram Terang and said that he had done nothing for implementation of Article 244(a) of the Constitution of India.
“When he was an MLA and a minister, Holiram Terang had done nothing for implementation of the Article 244(a). What can he do now? The people need to choose a young and energetic leader to lead them and raise voice for them in the Parliament,” he reiterated.
He also criticised All People’s Hills Leaders Conference (APHLC) candidate and former IAS officer JI Kathar and said, “JI Kathar has been fighting for protection of the Schedule Tribes people by strengthening the Sixth Schedule to the constitution of India. But he does not understand that there are 28 to 29 communities living in Karbi Anglong and he (JI Kathar) has not included them in his organisation.”