GoI and Naga negotiators should come to understanding for Naga solution: Dy CM Patton
KOHIMA, MARCH 9: Nagaland Deputy Chief Minister, Y Patton has stressed on the need for the Naga negotiators and the Government of India to come to an understanding to find a solution to the Naga peace talks.
“The two negotiating parties ~ Central Government and Naga political negotiators ~ will have to come to an understanding to resolve the Naga Political Issue while as facilitators, the NDPP-BJP Government will continue to pursue the matter”, said Patton while addressing a press conference here yesterday after being appointed Deputy CM for the second consecutive term.
He also asserted that the Government of India under the dynamic and visionary leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP national president JP Nadda is very sincere and serious in finding a final solution to the Naga Political issue.
“The State Government, under the leadership of Neiphiu Rio, have played a major role as the facilitator with seriousness and will continue to play an important role in finding a permanent solution sooner than later under the present dispensation”, he said.
Thanking Rio for entrusting him to serve the Naga people in the capacity of Deputy CM for the second term, Patton expressed optimism and confidence that “the NDPP-BJP alliance will give a stable Government as mandated by the people with high expectations”.
He also expressed gratitude to all electorates of Nagaland for giving their mandate to the NDPP-BJP alliance once again.
“The alliance Government will strive to fulfill the aspirations of the people in the best way possible during this upcoming tenure”, he said.
Asked if the NDPP-BJP would accept the support of all other political parties and make it another opposition-less Government, he said “many of the political parties have extended their willingness to be part of the Government but the alliance partners will have proper discussion as present we are comfortable winning 37 seats”.
On portfolio sharing, Patton said that it is the prerogative of the Chief Minister and things would be sorted in a day or two.
About the outcome of the first Cabinet meeting of the NDPP-BJP-2 Government held on Tuesday, the Deputy CM said it was just an introductory meeting where the Cabinet also discussed the conduct of elections to Urban Local Bodies by May end as directed by the Supreme Court.
Thanking the electorates for giving their mandate to the NDPP-BJP alliance once again, Patton asserted that the alliance Government will strive to fulfill the aspirations of the people to the best way possible during the upcoming tenure.
Meanwhile, the Deputy CM, who has also been unanimously elected as the BJP Legislature Party leader, conveyed gratitude to Prime Minister Modi, Union Minister Shah, BJP national president Nadda, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and other Union Ministers and BJP national leaders as well as the State leaders and karyakartas for working towards the success of the alliance in the elections.
(Page News Service)