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DAN completes 3 yrs in office

Neiphiu Rio speaking at the Thanksgiving programme at State Banquet Hall, Kohima, Saturday. (DIPR)
Correspondent KOHIMA, MAR 12 (NPN):
Published on 13 Mar. 2011 12:38 AM IST
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With the ongoing peace process to resolve the decades old “Indo-Naga” political problem at its highest level, the formation of a regional party-led government in the state has created a desired environment for peace, while a significant message also went out to all sections, even beyond the state boundaries, chief minister Rio said.
Addressing a thanksgiving service on completion of three years of DAN’s second term in office held at the State Banquet Hall Kohima on Saturday, Rio said that for a state like Nagaland, the significance of a regional party went much deeper and asserted that only through it, the unique identity and culture heritage could be best protected and preserved.
He reiterated that while pursuing the goals of development and economic progress, the DAN government does not lose sight of the party’s political vision which was issue-based as well as reflection of the people’s desire. Unlike national parties, the people were the true high command in the regional party NPF, he added.
In this regard, he assured that the party would uphold the identity of the Nagas saying that the protection and special safeguards given to the Nagas under Inner Line Regulation and Article 371 A of the constitution could best be done by regional party.
Talking about the NPF’s decision to expand its party to the neighbouring states, Rio said being a regional party did not mean that the party was confined to the boundaries of the state alone. “While we are regional in character, at the same time we can be national and global in our outlook,” he said.
He recalled that the DAN government in the past eight years had gone through enormous challenges but time and again it pulled through and steadied the ship through all troubled waters. He attributed crossing troubled water to the mercies of the Almighty God and support of the people.
On winning of two Lok Sabha polls with record margin by the party, he thanked the people throughout the length and breadth of the state for their continued support and cooperation and also appealed to continue the same towards the party policies and programmes to bring all round growth of the state.
Rio thanked Almighty God for His mercy and blessing for which the DAN government has come thus far. He also thanked the DAN legislators for reposing their faith on his leadership and also other political parties and their leaders for being part of the DAN coalition since its inception.
Further, he thanked those legislators from other political parties who had joined the NPF party fold and also the independent legislators for whose support the DAN could form the government in their ongoing second term.
Rio expressed gratitude to the NPF legislators for wisely refraining from the temptation of political opportunism and remaining true to the original ideals and covenant of the DAN. He complimented the NPF president and urban development minister for what he described as exceptional leadership and making a great deal of progress.
Calling upon the gathered DAN legislators and party workers, Rio asked them to retrospect the past experiences it has gone through and take lessons.
“Our difficult past should humble us, and remind us of the providence of God,” he said and reminded that it would enable them to be better prepared for the task that lay ahead.
The chief minister called upon the legislators to introspect and question themselves on the achievements and contributions. Public service has to be a life of humility and sacrifice in the greater interest of the people, he said and called upon them to rededicate their commitment towards the people.
“At this crucial juncture, let us not rest on our laurels, but let us be grateful to God, while working harder than ever before to form a government for the third successive time,” he pleaded.
NBCC general secretary, Dr. Anjo Keikung stressed on the need to mould and strengthen the family so as to strengthen the government and nation. He pointed out that every problem or violence emanate from the family.
He reminded the gathering to do something good when they were in position or regret later in life when they were retired and do not hold position anymore.
NPF president Dr. Shurhozelie Liezietsu in his short speech reminded the gathering that they were in their position not because they were better person but because of the prayers of the believers who were constantly praying for them.
This is a joyful moment but also a time for introspection because the party has greater programmes ahead, he said referring to the long pending unresolved Naga political issue.
“We should try and resolve the Indo-Naga political problem at our time so that it is not passed down to younger generation,” he said and stressed the need for the legislators, executives and the party to work together as one body and resolve the problem and share the tears of joy.
Earlier, home minister Imkong L. Imchen who also spoke on the occasion recalled the past turbulent days and the prevailing fragile situation and appealed the Naga underground leaders to sacrifice something for the cause of Naga unity. Further, he stressed on the need for the government to deal the situation firmly with determination.
Minister for road and bridges, G. Kaito Aye and parliamentary secretary rural development, S. Pangnyu Phom who also spoke on the occasion thanked Almighty and lauded the able leadership of Neiphiu Rio for bringing stability to the state.
Special numbers were presented by the Chang Baptist Church choir, Kohima and by the legislators and their wives led by Rio and his wife Kaisa Rio. The celebration was concluded with a dinner.

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