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DAN holds thanskgiving service

DAN alliance members along with newly elected Lok Sabha member, CM Chang and the four elected candidates of the by-polls in Kohima, Sunday. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, MAY 17 (NPN):
Published on 18 May. 2009 12:41 AM IST
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Buoyed with the wins in Lok Sabha and four by-polls on Saturday, state chief minister Neiphiu Rio said the people’s mandate was a vote for unity, peace and reconciliation. “It is a mandate that supports our peace initiatives and the DAN government’s political stand. This election victory is a re-affirmation and renewal of the people’s mandate to our government and demonstrate the fact that the people have firmly placed their confidence in our DAN coalition” the chief minister said while addressing the thanksgiving service, organized by DAN coordination committee on Sunday at the State Academy Hall, Kohima. Rio also said that the voices of the people have given a befitting answer to all criticisms and wild allegation that have been made against by the adversaries, adding that the people’s court, have once again reposed their faith in the DAN alliance by electing all the five candidates. However, he cautioned that the alliance must also realize that they carry a huge responsibility, as the people have firmly placed their destiny in its hands. “As party workers and public leaders we must renew our dedication and commitment towards the cause of our people, instead of resting on our laurels, because it is on the basis of our performance that we can continue to enjoy the people’s confidence,” Rio told the large gathering. The Chief Minister re-affirmed that the NPF-led DAN government would work tirelessly to uphold the uniqueness and the identity of the Nagas wherever they were and to fully pursue to develop them politically and culturally while working to integrate all Naga people. He asserted that the Nagas enjoyed special status and that their unique history has been duly recognized. Thanking the people of Nagaland for electing the ruling alliance candidates, the chief minister said that DAN coalition was committed to find the best formula for bringing rapid development and accelerate the progress of Naga people. “We still have a long way to go before we can catch up with rest of the country and therefore, we must take a mature political decision which will enable our people to benefit” he added. In his “expression of gratitude” speech, NPF President Dr. Shurhzoelie Liezietsu thanked chief minister Neiphiu Rio who he said was responsible for nurturing the party to the current position. “Today we are in comfortable position because of his efforts in strengthening the party,” he said. He also thanked the voters of Nagaland who have voted in favour of NPF for preservation of Naga identity and personality. In their short speeches, MC Konyak (BJP), minister forest and excise and Dr. Chumben Murry(NCP) , Agriculture lauded Rio’s leadership as the chief minister to Nagaland to run the NPF-led DAN coalition government and thanked the people for electing the DAN alliance candidates. The four elected Legislators – Azheto Zhimomi, Deo Nukhu, Aloh and Kejong Chang in their maiden addresses thanked the NPF party, DAN coalition and the electorates of their constituencies for reposing faith and confidence and re-electing them to the state legislative assembly. Newly elected Lok Sabha MP CM Chang also thanked the people for reposing their faith on the DAN government and for electing him. He assured the people to work for the Naga people. Earlier, KG Kenye, secretary general, NPF gave the introduction of the newly elected candidates, special numbers were presented by Kenei and Ruokuovotuo, dedicatory prayer was offered by Rev. Khriitsoyi Luruo, vote of thanks by Huskha Yepthomi senior VP NPF, the programme was chaired by Apong Pongener, working President, NPF, convenor DAN coordination committee and benediction by Dr. Ngangshi Ao, minister PHED.

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