January 17, 2015 2:34:13 am
Sharpening its attack on Nagaland chief minister T R Zeliang, whose government is battling dissidence and has called for a floor test on January 20, a breakaway faction has alleged that Rs 78.66 crore has been transferred to the bank accounts of Zeliang and his wife to “lure MLAs and party workers” — a charge the chief minister rejected as “a statement of political desperation”.
In a statement, suspended minister G Kaito Aye and Noke Wangnao, who is president of the breakaway faction of the Naga People’s Front, have alleged that a Singapore-based individual transferred money into the accounts of Zeliang and his wife. They claimed they have details of phone calls between the chief minister and the person who made the money transfer.
“Enormous amounts of black money are changing hands through multinational companies and (are) being deposited in foreign banks. We have in our possession documents of international money transfers to T R Zeliang and his wife’s accounts in Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur sent from Singapore. The details of money transfers which we are revealing today are to the tune of more than 78 crore,’’ Aye and Wangnao alleged.
The dissidents are calling for the “immediate removal” of the chief minister saying “he has no moral authority to continue even for a single day… he has lost majority”.
Responding to the allegations, Zeliang told The Indian Express: “This statement that has been issued is nothing but a statement of political desperation. It is because they have no more bullets against me that they have resorted to false allegations. It will confuse people for a day or two and then things will become clear.’’
“I welcome any investigation into these alleged accounts. I don’t have any account outside India nor do I have a single property outside the country, let alone in Singapore… the truth will come out through investigations and I welcome any investigating agency to look into the matter,’’ he said.
Aye alleged that MLAs and ministers were being kept “under forced confinement” at a Kohima hotel. Zeliang’s cabinet, on the other hand, has passed a resolution for a “show of strength on the floor of the assembly’’ on January 20.
“We have sent a file to the governor and have conveyed our decision to the speaker. Let this matter be settled on the floor of the house,’’ Zeliang said.
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