DIMAPUR, April 22 - Against Corruption and Unabated Taxation (ACAUT) Nagaland held two public rallies on �Clean Election� at Pfutsero and Phek and an interactive session at Chizami.
Pfutsero town rally was held on April 17 followed by interactive meeting with Chakhesang Baptist Church Council (CBCC) and Chakhesang Clean Election Movement. Later on, another interactive session was held at Chizami village attended by village leaders, elders, GBs, youths, women and general public, a press note of ACAUT said.
Joel Naga, Chairman ACAUT, in his speeches at the public rallies stated that though the clean election mission was initiated in 2012 by NBCC, the electoral malpractice in the 2013 election was the worst and the money spent was the highest.
Citing Youth-net�s survey that more than Rs 900 crore was spent in 2013 elections, he said that ACAUT as responsible stakeholders have decided to join hands with the Church in tackling this menace. He hinted that if Nagas do not reform, the 2018 elections will turn out to be the worst.
He called upon the youths to impact 2018. Unless there�s a change in 2018 by having clean elections and election of good and godly leaders, the frustration of youths is going to reach its zenith with fearful consequences, he warned.
Tia Longchar of ACAUT alleged that backdoor appointment is a factor in creating feelings of tribalism as successive Ministers keep appointing own tribesmen at the cost of merit.
�Our children have no future� if we continue to sell our votes, he said. He powerfully extolled that after selling our votes we the public have no right to demand good roads, hospitals, good schools, etc. He cited that the State with its vast number of proxy teachers, hardly qualified to teach children, has done untold damage by creating an entire generation of equally ill-equipped persons thereby creating a vicious cycle.
At the interactive meeting at Chizami, ACAUT Nagaland members categorically stated that ACAUT was a watch-dog, a people�s movement formed to check rampant corruption and multiple taxation and that it has no intention of transforming itself into a political party, the press release said.