Kohima: A day after a show-cause notice was issued, former chief minister KL Chishi on Thursday responded saying that he has neither violated the model code of conduct (MCC) nor does he intend to as the notice served against him by the election commissioner was for a “proposed appeal letter” which had been circulating on social media without his knowledge.
Chishi, the Congress candidate for the lone Lok Sabha seat in the state, said, “The proposed letter appeal was made in the letterhead that I have been using as an ex-chief minister” and “the appeal so issued was sent to the media cell NPCC [Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee] for necessary corrections or additions, if any, prior to the publication in the local dailies.”
The statement further read: “It is most unfortunate that even before the publication of the said appeal, the entire contents with the letterhead is being circulated in the social media.”
Offering further clarification, Chishi said that the “word Christian used in my appeal was not to aggravate existing difference or create mutual hatred or cause tension between different castes and communities… but only to show my religion is Christian.” He explained that there were no intentions in his statement to seek votes in the name of religion, caste or community.
He further stated that the appeal letter was noticed by the authorities even prior to the publication which he termed as “unfortunate”.
He assured that the usage of the official emblem of India in his writing pad will be discontinued during the process of any correspondence with the party or any persons.
Stating that he had not violated the MCC, he regretted the misunderstanding and inconvenient caused.