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Nagas have a political issue: Rio
Correspondent Kohima, Mar 18 (NPN)
Published on 19 Mar. 2010 6:59 PM IST
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: “Nagas have a political issue and that why Nagas should remain with regional party (NPF) to uphold our identity, traditional and culture while also facilitating the Naga political issue,” chief minister Nepihiu said while addressing the Plenary Session of Naga People’s Front (NPF) Legislators and Central office Bearers here today.
Stating that NPF was a people’s party that believed in Naga identity and striving to strengthen the Naga political issue, Rio also expressed his happiness that the ongoing Naga Political dialogue has been renewed at the highest level, and asserted that solution acceptable to all section of the Naga people should be arrived at. He also reiterated the NPF –led DAN was prepared to pave way for any alternative solution.
Also re-affirming fullest support to the ongoing political dialogue, Rio said the Political Affairs Committee of DAN has asserted to act as facilitator.
Hitting out at the Congress, Rio lambasted the centre for “trying its best to suppress the mandate of the people whenever regional party government comes to power in the state adding it did not paint a good picture of the biggest democracy of the world and its leadership.
He recalled that despite imposing President’s rule in Nagaland, the NPF-led DAN came back to power with increased members from 19 in 2003 elections to 26 in 2008 elections. “We believe in alliance, so we continued and stood firm to come back to power for the second term and completed seven years in office,” he said and assured that NPF was working hard to bring development for the Naga people.
He also reiterated that DAN has policies and programmes which his government achieved and asked the party to take advantage of it. Thanking the general public for reposing their faith on the NPF-led DAN, Rio asserted that his government was working hard to bring development to the people through various welfare programmes.
“As public leaders, continue to work for people’s welfare as people is our first priority,” he appealed to them adding that with prevailing peaceful atmosphere the NPF led government has been able to deliver goods to the people.
He also denied the allegations of the opposition Congress which had called for a bandh call on March 20. Rio said while it was the duty of the opposition to act as watchdog ,yet they should be able to substantiate their allegations. He said that Nagas were mature enough and know and that the people cannot be swayed by such false allegations.
Meanwhile, Rio also announced that NPF fully supported the resolutions adopted in the Nagaland Legislative Assembly for increasing the number of seats from Nagaland to both the Houses of Parliament including the assembly and the constitution of an state legislative council.

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