PDA holds thanksgiving over election win
Kohima, June 7: Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio today expressed high hopes on the second term of the BJP-led NDA government for resolution of the decades old Naga political issue.
Speaking at the People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) Thanksgiving programme for the win in the just concluded Lok Sabha election and also the bye-poll to 26-Aonglenden Assembly seat at State Banquet Hall here, Rio dwelt on Naga Political issue saying it was Prime Minister Narendra Modi who had signed the Frame Work Agreement on August 3, 2015 and people felt that settlement could come soon.
Nonetheless, Rio, with elaboration, lamented that due to some deadlock it got delayed.
He expressed hope that Modi will take decision as this time as BJP-led NDA has overwhelming majority. Rio also looked upon the “solid leadership” of Amit Shah, who has been appointed as Home Minister in this second term of BJP in Centre.
On Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), which had been one of the prime agendas against the BJP last election, Rio reiterated that it cannot come to Nagaland as Nagas are protected under the Article 371(A).
He also clarified that the Union Cabinet Committee on CAB 2016 has recommended citizenship to be granted for only 31,338 persons who have settled in India because of the religious atrocities they faced in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. Besides that there is nothing to be worried about, he said.
He said that CAB will never overrule our Naga villages and if at all it is being implemented also the village councils have to give documents whether one is the rightful citizen of that village.
On the allegations of being a partner of Hindu party, Rio said Hindus are majority in India with more than 80% of the total population and it is they have won the absolute majority in Parliament while other minority communities have less representation in the Parliament.
“Though BJP has won absolute majority with 302 seats, it has 39 alliance partners and NDPP as small partner in the government is committed to work for minority and therefore we need to have alliance with them and work cohesively for the welfare of the minority community,” Rio asserted.
“If we fight in the name of religion by being anti or pro religion than we are losing,” Rio said, adding, “There are many factors which had brought down our position”.
Rio also maintained that NDPP is a regional party but is having alliance with BJP and “our alliance will continue unless something very bad”.
“If the Centre goes against the interest of the Nagas and also the social practice, culture and tradition of the Nagas we will speak out our mind,” Rio affirmed.
Touching on the little over 16000 winning margin for LS seat in Nagaland, Rio said, “Though the winning was very close, we are proud and sincerely thank our people all including alliance partners and the electorates.”
Without mentioning the 7 NPF MLAs who supported Tokheho, he said, “We are also thankful to member from other political parties who supported us on the principal of ideology and regional stand.
The margin could have been bigger but we will have another session to deliberate on this, he said.
Now that elections are over time for all to get back to job and work for the welfare of the people, Rio said.
Expressing that the state government has a very good relationship with Central government, the CM was hopeful of bringing change in the State.
“It is good for Nagas that our alliance partner is running the Central government and we are hopeful that they will help us to do some very important things. We are seeking funds and projects and so hopeful better development in the State,” he said.
Rio also called upon the party functionaries to work hard in propagating the activities of the government to the people, and bring change for the betterment of the Naga society in general.
Deputy Chief Minister Y Patton said Tokheho Yepthomi winning the MP seat and being the member of the ruling BJP led NDA family at the Central Government has made us more responsible as the people expectations are high.
He expressed hope Yepthomi will live up to the expectation of the people as well as that of the PDA Government in the State with his rich experiences and skills.
“I am quite optimistic that the voice of the Naga people shall be heard in the August House of the People through him,” he said.
On behalf of the BJP Legislators, he assured full cooperation and support to the newly elected MP in his endeavors to work for the interest of Naga people.
JDU legislator and Minister for Agriculture and Cooperation, G Kaito Aye said this election has given very good verdict to the Naga people. He hoped the new government will bring strong government, stability, into our land. He called upon the Nagas to understand that we are all a part of the Indian.
Independent MLA and Minister for Road & Bridges, Tongpang Ozukum said recent election was fought based on emotions created on the perception and conception of the people. This issues needs to be addressed.
First time MLA Sharingain in his speech acknowledged the support of all and also sought for guidance and support from the senior leaders. He assured to give his best to serve the people.
MP re-elect, Tokheho Yepthomi asserted to take up the problems of the State, specially the Naga political issue in the Lok Sabha during the budget session which is scheduled to be held in July.
“I am very hopeful and optimistic that solution will be there,” he said. At the same time, Yepthomi requested the State Chief Minister, Cabinet ministers and legislators of the 13th Assembly to go to Delhi and meet all the political party leaders to support the Naga issue. (Page News Service)