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Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) today observed Black Day protesting the demonetisation move initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last year while the BJP remained resolute and said the decision has helped root out corruption to a great extent. NPCC President K Therie, addressing a mammoth gathering of Congress workers in the State at Congress Bhavan here said, "demonetisation is Modi-made-Indias economic disaster, affecting every citizen." The Centre has been promising development activities but in ground reality after demonetisation, they have not been able to pay even 35-40 per cent of the budgeted funds for Rural Health Mission, SSA, MGNREGA and other centrally sponsored schemes for the state. He said that the Modi-government in order to further destroy the economy of the nation, has imposed design-less GST at various levels of percentage of tax and this has confused the nation and the business community. NPCC Vice President Khriedi Theunuo said demonetization and GST have brought untold miseries to the common people in the country. Cashless transaction is not going to work in Nagaland as we are not a developed state yet, and drawing money from ATM is harassment, Theunuo added. The BJP meanwhile stuck to the merits of demonetisation. BJP National General Secretary and in-charge of North East, Ram Madhav today said demonetization has broken the backbone of corruption and statutory affect on terrorist, insurgents and anti-national activities in the country. Today is an important day for the BJP government at the Centre as it completes a year of Prime Minister Narandra Modi launching of the demonetization move, which is a decisive war against black money, and corrupt people in the country, Madhav said while interacting with a section of media persons at BJP Naga office here. Demonetization has brought down illegal parallel economy and considerable reduction in terrorist activities and violence in different parts of the country, he said while also accusing that those criticizing demonetization are the ones responsible for corruption of the system in the country. On the ongoing Indo-Naga peace talks, Madhav said the BJP is committed to bring peace and normalcy to Nagaland by bringing about an enduring and progressive settlement to the long pending issue of the Naga Political talks. The Prime Minister has initiated serious dialogue with NSCN (IM) and other Naga Political groups for a comprehensive understanding, he said while expressing hope that the end result of the political dialogue would be satisfactory to Naga people and also the neighbouring states. On the ensuing State General Election in February 2018, Madhav said the BJP has started election preparations.
He said the party leaders felt that BJP should contest in all the constituencies of the state and his two-day visit to Kohima is mainly to prepare the party workers for the coming election. The BJP leader also called on the State Chief Minister T R Zeliang at his official residence in the evening, wherein lone Lok Sabha MP of the State, Neiphiu Rio and Home Minister Y Patton were also present. Meanwhile, State BJP President Visasolie Lhoungu said that the bold decision of Prime Minister on demonetization has greatly curbed illegal activities of the country.