Dimapur, June 25: Former JDU Minister, Kaito Aye today said his decision to join the NDPP was not out of any political compulsion but to strengthen the PDA Government under the leadership of Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio and work together for Naga unity.
“My decision to join the NDPP is selfless and not out of any political compulsion. Hence there is no cause for panic or disgruntlement. I reassure the Progressive Democratic Alliance (PDA) partners that this decision is but to strengthen the incumbent Government under the leadership of Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio and work together for Naga unity,” he said in a statement issued today.
The NDPP had claimed that Kaito joining the party was a merger of the JDU Nagaland Unit with the NDPP, and had welcomed the “official merger.” But Kaito dispelled the NDPP’s merger claim by stating that he joined the NDPP with some former candidates of Janata Dal (United) and a section of State JD (U) executive members.
“Keeping in mind the interest of my people, their sustenance and overall development, and further in the interest of the people of Nagaland, vis-à-vis the Naga peace process, I have taken the step to join the NDPP,” he said.
“I owe responsibility to the people of Nagaland in ensuring a stable and progressive Government – a Government which can ensure peace and prosperity that comes with stability.”
Kaito also stated that through his previous experiences as Home Minister and Political Affairs Minister with regard to the Naga political issue, he had come to realize that there is no other option but for Nagas to come together and make a unified stand on the issues we are faced with. He assured the people of Nagaland that he will work tirelessly for Naga unity and peace taking all stakeholders on board with a more holistic approach, and hoped to play a more valuable role “with my long years of experience as an elected representative of the people.”
Kaito also appealed that “any unintended statement in previous press communiqués may be overlooked, and should not be considered otherwise.” (Page News Service)