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VPP reponds to RO’s notice, calls plaint meritless

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SHILLONG, April 14: The VPP has claimed that the party has no connection whatsoever with the creation as well as operation of the YouTube channels and the content mentioned by the NPP.
Replying to a show cause notice issued by Shillong Parliamentary seat Returning Officer, SC Sadhu, VPP organising secretary Tony Lyngdoh said that the attempt to link the YouTube channels and the videos with the VPP is wrong and uncalled for.
Stating that the complaint against the party has no merit, Lyngdoh said that the party workers and the party supporters never  created obstructions in or break up meetings and processions organized by other parties.
Further, he stated that the VPP workers and its supporters have never created disturbances at public meetings organised by another political party in any way or form.
Further, the party’s organising secretary said that the VPP has never undertaken processions along the places in which meetings are held by another party.
“We have no connection with those who shouted slogans at the meetings organised by other parties and we are not responsible for such action. The sloganeering was done by one or two unorganised individuals with whom the party has no connection and is not responsible,” Lyngdoh stated.
The VPP leader has urged its supporters to refrain from such activities.
Seeking the quashing of the “meritless complaint”, the party has assured the returning officer of taking strict action against its members if they are involved in such activity.
It may be mentioned that Sadhu had issued a show-cause notice to VPP chief Ardent Miller Basaiawmoit for his party supporters’ alleged attempt to disrupt the election campaign organised by the NPP at Jaiaw here.
In the notice issued on April 9, the returning officer sought to know why action should not be taken against the VPP chief under relevant provisions of the model code of conduct.
“Now, therefore giving you an opportunity to be heard, you are hereby directed to show cause on or before April 12,” he stated.
According to the notice, Sadhu’s office received a complaint on Tuesday that on the evening of April 8 supporters of the VPP began to disrupt the campaign or meeting of the National People’s Party.
The VPP supporters resorted to sloganeering and thus disrupted the meeting causing it to be cancelled before time, Sadhu said.

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