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A pan Indian audience for Naga political issue: Asungba
Published on 31 Mar. 2009 12:26 AM IST
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Congress candidate for the Lok Sabha polls, K. Asungba Sangtam said he could make a pan Indian audience aware of the Naga political issue. Addressing the congress meeting at Tseminyu town Monday, Sangtam said awareness of the fact that Naga issue is not a law and order problem but purely a political issue which needs to be resolved politically. “As a fellow Naga deeply concerned with the political future of our people, it shall be my prayer and duty to play the role of a active facilitator in bringing an honourable solution to our political issue and peace in Nagaland” he said. The INC candidate also said for brining about long term peace, prosperity and stability clause 2 and clause 13 of the 16 Point Agreement signed between the centre and the Naga People’s Convention (NPC) during the formation of Nagaland statehood which have till date not been fulfilled requires to be executed both in letter and spirit. Sangtam also said if he was elected, he would put all efforts for Naga educated unemployed youth. He said in this era of liberalization and globalization we need to focus on facilitating absorption of Naga educated youths in public and private sector enterprises even beyond the borders of Nagaland. He said information and opportunity are the key for empowering Naga youth in the matter of finding jobs beyond national boundaries. Sangtam said the trend is already underway, but it has to be given further impetus. Meanwhile, congress leaders Monday lashed out the state government for what they claimed corruption in all departments. NPCC President, K V Pusa, CLP leader, Chingwang Konyak and former chief minister, K L Chishi slammed the DAN government for rampant corruption which has reached its zenith. They said only congress can deliver goods to the people. Pusa and Konyak reiterated congress’ stand on Naga political issue that Nagas must first unite for solution to the protracted Naga problem. They said without unity solution would continue to elude the people. Pusa said 60 rounds of talks after the 1997 ceasefire has failed to hammer out solution to the Naga problem. He urged the centre to expedite the Naga peace process and that talks be transparent. Konyak said one group alone cannot resolve the Naga problem. He said collective voice is needed to find honourable solution to the Naga problem.

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