State

PDA rules out stepping down

DIMAPUR, JUL 10 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/10/2020 1:01:54 PM IST

Amidst the clamour of opposition parties to quit, PDA has asserted that it would not step down.

Appreciating and endorsing the State government’s July 2 statement in response to governor RN Ravi’s letter to chief minister Neiphiu Rio, the ruling coalition during a meeting held at the chief minister’s residential complex, Kohima said it was a democratically-elected government that enjoyed the popular mandate, which had been reinforced in successive Lok Sabha and Assembly by-polls. It declared to continue carrying out its constitutional duties with utmost commitment and dedication in the greater interest of the people. 
Taking into account the concerns of the governor on important matters related to public welfare, the PDA also reiterated its commitment to extend its support and cooperation to the governor so that collectively “we can work towards our common endeavours of achieving lasting peace and all round development”. It also recalled how it had joined the people of Nagaland in welcoming Ravi to the State after his appointment. 
Further reiterating its call for early resolution of the decades-old lndo-Naga political issue through a negotiated political settlement that was honourable and acceptable to the people, the ruling alliance claimed that it reflected the voice of the people crying for lasting peace and all round progress. It appealed to the negotiating parties to expedite the peace process and bring an ear1y political solution. 
The PDA also appreciated the State government and all its machineries for successfully working round the clock in the past four months to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. It also appreciated all the frontline workers, church organisations, tribal hohos, mass-based organisations, civil societies, political parties and NGOs for making extraordinary sacrifices and jointly working with the government to overcome the hurdles and challenges posed by the pandemic. 
As members of the largest democracy in the world, the meeting observed that it was the bounden duty of everyone, especially the constitutional institutions, to uphold the spirit of democracy and to strengthen the democratic foundations of this great nation. 
Further extending its appreciation to the people of Nagaland for having extended commendable cooperation to the government in following lockdown guidelines and observing standard operating procedures (SOPs) in the most exemplary manner, the PDA appealed to all sections to continue observing the SOPs and advisories in the most disciplined manner so that everyone could collectively support each other in the common goal of overcoming the challenges lying ahead. 
This was stated in a press release by PDA convener and NDPP president Chingwang Konyak and PDA co-convenor and BJP Nagaland president Temjen Imna Along. 
 

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