Rio introspects at PDA thanksgiving

Rio introspects at PDA thanksgiving
Rio with his cabinet colleagues, Sharingain Longkumer and Tokheho Yepthomi in Kohima, Friday. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, JUN 7 (NPN) | Publish Date: 6/7/2019 12:25:47 PM IST

Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio said his personal alliance with BJP remained unbroken despite severe tests since 2002 till date and will continue unless something “very bad takes place”.

Speaking at the ruling Progressive Democratic Alliance(PDA) thanksgiving service held here at the State Banquet Hall, Rio however said if the NDA government at the Centre went against the interest of the Nagas, their social practises, culture and tradition then , he will not succumb to it.

Referring to the recent Lok Sabha win in the state, the chief minister said he accepted the victory with humility but that it was now time get back to work and perform better with more commitment leaving aside the differences and to rise above party affiliation.

Rio said as the nation reposed faith in NDA government with a landslide win, he was hopeful that India will witness a new era of development in the country. He however asserted that the issue of Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), had some impact on the recently concluded election but there was a need for legislators to read the content in the CAB.

Rio said the final recommendation of CAB showed that it affected only 31,330 people who were victims of religious atrocity in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Out of which, 25,447 were Hindus, 5807 Sikhs, 55 Christians, two Buddhists and Parsis each.

He maintained that CAB cannot affect villages since Nagaland is protected under Article 371 (A) and that even if it was enacted, the registration will have to come through the village or colony or ward for a person to prove he or she was a genuine Indian citizen. He said the truth must be made known to the people. In the North Eastern states, Rio said BJP performed well it faced hurdles in tribal states due to the issue.

Rio also mentioned that during the previous Lok Sabha elections the winning margins were over four lakhs(2014) but has reduced to about 1 lakh in 2018 and drastically reduced to 16344 in 2019. He said though PDA won the election yet there was a need to introspect on the issue which was neglected. 

He said the victory of PDA in the LS poll coupled with a massive landslide win by its national alliance NDA has given more opportunities for PDA to bring a change in Nagaland.

On the Naga political issue, Rio reminded that since prime minister Narendra Modi had signed the frame work agreement on August 3, 2015 Naga people pleaded for early settlement but added there were some hurdles that had to be overcome. 

Rio exuded confidence that Modi will take a decision on solution since the NDA has overwhelming majority in the Lok Sabha and added by the strong leadership of Amit Shah as home minister. 

He also claimed that BJP was more secular than Congress on the strength of BJP having 39 alliance partners as against 36 with Congress. Rio also appealed to church leaders to hold consultations with politicians/elected members and discuss the issue and enlighten each other. 

He rued that if Nagas continued to fight on the basis of religion, between Hindu and non-hindu, then they will be the losers adding no one should play with religion as it was a very sensitive issue. On the plans of his government, Rio disclosed that the cabinet has decided to have cleanliness drive across the state and will announce the cleanest district, colony, ward. 

Deputy Chief Minister Y. Patton congratulated the LS MP Tokheho Yepthomi and assembly byelection winner Sharingain Longkumer for their success.

Patton said the election of PDA candidate Tokheho Yepthomi was an opportune moment as he is a member of the BJP-led NDA at the Centre which would enable him to meet the high expectations of the state . 

 He also assured full cooperation of BJP Legislators in Yepthomi’s endeavour to work for the interest of the Nagas.

 Lok Sabha MP Tokheho Yepthomi thanked the party, state government and the electorate for reposing faith in him. He also took full responsibility for the poor margin but assured of his commitment to the people. 

He also hinted that some “key leaders” at the centre , had said that Naga political issue will be taken up in the ensuing budget session (July 5). 

 Sharingain Longkumer also thanked the chief minister and all people involved in his victory and sough guidance, advice and support as he join the NLA. He assured to give his best for the people.

Agriculture minister G. Kaito Aye and minister PWD Tongpang also spoke on the occasion.

Ameü üsou Zao and the choir, Konyak Baptist Bumeinok, Kohima Ao Baptist Arogo and Dayspring Male voice presented songs on the occasion.

IIRC will be introduced in Nagaland soon: Rio

After Nagaland Post broke the report on State government’s intention to introduce Indigenous Inhabitants Registration Certificate (IIRC), chief minister Neiphiu Rio confirmed on Friday that it (IIR) would be introduced in the state soon.
In a brief interaction with this Correspondent on the sideline of PDA’s thanksgiving service here on Friday, Rio remarked that as the Lok Sabha election process was too long, many issues could not be taken up, while adding that IIRC would be introduced “very soon”. 
Minor cabinet reshuffle: Neiphiu Rio  also hinted at minor reshuffle of his ministry though he did not indicate the time.

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