Rio for Naga political solution within PDA government’s tenure

Rio for Naga political solution within PDA government’s tenure
Neiphiu Rio felicitating H. Chuba Chang. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, APR 6 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/6/2021 12:35:27 PM IST

Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio has emphasised on putting all efforts to ensure that solution to the Naga political issue was secured during current rule of the present PDA government. Rio stated this at the PDA government’s thanksgiving programme to mark the election of PDA consensus candidate H. Chuba Chang held at the State Banquet Hall here Tuesday. H.Chuba Chang was declared elected unopposed on the last day of withdrawal of candidates on April 3,2021, for the bypoll to the 51 Noksen assembly constituency. 

 Rio urged the negotiating parties to “expedite the negotiations” so as to secure an early solution, which was the desire of the people. Rio said this was also emphasised at the recent meetings with NNPGs and NSCN (I-M) leaders (in Delhi).

He also pointed out that all 60 elected members of Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) rose above party affiliations and came together “under a spirit of oneness’ so as to facilitate the peace process for an early and honourable solution. Rio also congratulated newly elected NDPP and PDA consensus candidate H. Chuba Chang for being elected unopposed. He termed Chang ’s victory as “fantastic and satisfying”.

He said it would be Chang’s fifth term in the NLA from 51 Noksen A/C under Tuensang district. Rio also thanked aspirants who had applied for NDPP ticket but abided by the party’s principle of supporting the official candidate despite being denied ticket.

While congratulating all those who played their role in security Chang’s election, Rio said this exhibited an excellent precedent in exemplifying party discipline.  He also thanked coalition partner, the BJP for its unstinted support and positively contributing to the collective victory. Further, Rio also acknowledged the support of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union home minister Amit Shah and BJP national president JP Nadda. Calling Chuba as an “old friend, colleague and a senior leader” who has “tremendous experience”, Rio said Chang’s presence in the government would bring mature leadership to the ruling coalition.

He also said the ruling PDA was a combination of experience and youth and hoped that Chang’s vast experience would be an asset to all and also assured the newly elected legislator of collective support.

He said the thanksgiving service came against the backdrop of completion of three years of PDA which brought progressive achievement. He however, acknowledged that the government had been bogged down for an entire year battling COVID-19 pandemic.

Rio reminded that the remaining two years of the PDA tenure was crucial and important for fulfilling the promises made in the manifesto and PDA’s common minimum programme.

He reminded coalition partner to be constantly guided by these written commitments since people had given their mandate on this basis.

Rio also disclosed that during his recent visit to Delhi, he had productive meetings with Central leaders and discussed the dynamics of PDA and the road ahead.

The chief minister said the last reshuffle in his council of ministers was done after completion of one year of PDA. He assured that the next reshuffle would be carried out after completion of the ongoing election process after a coordination meeting of allies, to further strengthen the collective teamwork of the PDA government.

Rio also reminded those gathered that the important agenda before the PDA was to deliver good governance, maintain transparency and ensure justice and called for efforts towards ensuring meritocracy.

He reiterated that efforts like establishment of Staff Selection Board, removal of VIP culture, improved e-governance and use of technology to combat governance challenges remained at the core of the government’s initiatives.

Towards this, Rio appealed to the rank and file of the PDA alliance, including the legislators and ministers, to rededicate themselves to the service of the people and ensure that the policies and programmes of the government reached the targeted section of people in letter and spirit.

He reminded party workers to make people aware about the various initiatives and projects of the government as it was also their responsibility to help governance reach the doorstep of every household. 

In his address, deputy chief minister Y Patton and BJP legislature leader described the occasion as “red letter day” for the PDA and expressed gratitude to people of Noksen for sending his former colleague, a former bureaucrat and veteran politician to NLA unopposed.

Patton said it signified that the BJP-NDPP alliance was doing a good job in winning the confidence of people under the dynamic and visionary leadership of Rio. He reiterated that the government was committed to good governance and all-round development of the State.

Patton said the by-election was necessitated due to the demise of CM Chang whom he described as an efficient administrator and a minister who devoted his time and energy for welfare of the people and State.

He acknowledged late C.M. Chang’s tireless efforts and his contribution towards the State’s progress, whose contributions would always be cherished and remembered.

Congratulating and welcoming H. Chuba to NLA, Patton said Chuba’s experience in Nagaland politics would be invaluable and exuded confidence that the coalition government would grow stronger and scale greater heights. 

He said if the PDA collation remained united and that Chuba would not only serve for the remaining two years but for the next five years, totalling seven years. 

In his brief address, Chuba thanked the PDA for having reposed confidence on him by fielding him as consensus candidate in spite of the fact that there were many other aspirants.

He also thanked the people of his constituency for the support extended to him and assured to uphold the party’s manifesto and strengthen it.

Speaking on the occasion, BJP State general secretary Eduzu Thelu-o congratulated the newly-elected MLA and thanked party workers for all their efforts in this regard.

Chingwang Konyak delivered greetings on the occasion, while PDA member secretary and NDPP secretary general Abu Metha gave the welcome address.


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