KOHIMA, SEPTEBER 16: Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio today affirmed that the coming together of the legislators of all political parties in the State Assembly is to press for an early solution to the Naga political issue.
Addressing the first General Body Meeting of the ruling Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) after winning the February elections, at State Banquet Hall, CM’s Residential Complex here, Rio said the Naga political issue is the top most agenda of the NDPP and we promised to be active facilitator and work towards an early solution to the issue.
“We came together not only because of the leadership but also for the Naga Political issue.
Our top priority is the Naga issue and we will continue to work towards finding an early solution”, said Rio.
While saying that the formation of an opposition-less Government was criticised by some sections of society saying that it will be very corrupt and undemocratic, Rio said the party-less Government has maintained transparency and accountability at all levels.
NDPP as a party is just 6 years old but we have won the State general elections 2 times in a row, with the support of alliance partners BJP while this time all other political parties also came forward to have an opposition-less Government, he said.
Expressing that Nagaland is a problematic State with no resources of its own, the State Government needs the support of Centre, he said.
Nonetheless, even if there is alliance with Centre, the focus of the State Government is Nagas first and therefore the people are supporting the NDPP, he said.
In the first election in 2018, NDPP had the slogan ‘Change is coming’ and this time it is the vision of taking Nagaland towards a State of excellence, he said.
“Anything we achieve, it’s with the dedication and commitment of the party leaders and workers”, he said while thanking for the collective success.
Rio also called upon the NDPP functionaries to continue to uphold the principles and ideology of the Party and to protect and preserve the identity of Naga people, promote culture and tradition as well as the beautiful songs and dance.
“We are proud Nagas and we must make Nagas proud by taking Nagaland towards a State of excellence”, he said.
The CM also called upon the NDPP functionaries to be aware about Government schemes ~ Chief Minister’s Health Insurance Scheme, Chief Minister’s Micro Finance Scheme ~ and also Register of Indigenous Inhabitants of Nagaland and spread awareness at the grassroots level for the benefit of all.
NDPP president Chingwang Konyak expressed confidence that the Party Government would continue to strive with its motto “Fact Non Verba” (Deeds not words) and take the State to greater heights of development and progress.
NCP MLA YM Humtsoe, NPP Nagaland president & MLA, A Nyamnyei Konyak and NPF Legislature Party leader & MLA Kuzholuzo Nienu extended greetings on the occasion and assured of their unconditional support to the Rio-led Government.
NDPP secretary general Abu Metha presented the secretarial report.
Chaired by NDPP vice president & spokesperson Merentoshi R Jamir the first session commenced with prayer by NDPP working president Ahovi Zhimomi while treasurer Dr John Murry delivered the welcome address.
On the occasion, Rio and Konyak released documentary films and NDPP general election report 2023. Traditional performance by Nagaland Folklore Group and ‘My Tribute’ by Kekhrie Ringa enthralled the gathering.
(Page News Service)