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Nagas can’t progress without solution: CM

PDA thanksgiving

PDA holds thanksgiving service for 1-year in office

Kohima, March 10: Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on Sunday said that the main challenge for the PDA Government during the last one year has been solution of Naga political issue.
“We were hoping against hope that solution will come before the elections,” he said.
Stating that the Government and Naga people don’t know the exact way the negotiating parties are thinking, Rio vaguely said, “If it (Naga political solution) does not come… it will be problem for our Naga society to carry on”.
Rio was addressing the media on the sidelines of thanksgiving service here on Sunday to commemorate the completion of PDA government’s one year in office.
The PDA government comprising of 17 Nationalist Democratic Progress Party (NDPP) MLAs, 12 BJP, 2 NPP and one each JD(U) and Independent dethroned the 15 year old NPF in the last state general elections and took over the reign on March 8, 2018.
Earlier in his address during the service, Rio while expressing that the mandate given by the people to the People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) in the State is with ‘huge responsibility’, called upon the 33 legislators to rededicate themselves to the service of the people.
Marking the occasion, Rio said “We could not have made the first year but it is only due to the firm support of the alliance partners,” and thanked the PDA partners for being ‘solidly’ behind NDPP to deliver the goods to the people.
Accepting that the PDA had made many promises to the people of the State during the elections, he said the PDA is committed to achieve the programmes with the contribution of legislators, bureaucrats, technocrats and different agencies.
“We promised to bring ‘change’ but the change has to start from the attitude and mindset of the people towards positivity,” he said.
He said that move towards Plastic Free State and initiatives of Tobacco Free villages and green villages are positive changes and such initiatives will bring positivity.
“Real change will happen when we all come together in unison with the singular purpose of changing our society, for the better,” he said.
While the PDA government strives everyday to implement positive change, Rio appealed to all citizens of the State to come forward to work as one cohesive unit in order to implement policies and programme that will change the Naga society for the better. BJP Legislature Party Leader and Deputy Chief Minister, Y Patton while asserting that BJP firmly upholds the pre-poll alliance commitment with NDPP also called upon other post-poll partners to maintain mutual respect and trust to provide a stable government.
He said that unitedly PDA will complete its full term in office and serve the people dedicatedly in order to prove that PDA is the most effective and thriving government ever in the State.
NDDP president Chingwang Konyak said Naga people were crying for security and strong leadership because of which PDA came to power with a vision to bring peace, progress and prosperity.
He expressed confidence that under the leadership of Chief Minister Rio and Deputy CM Patton, Nagaland’s need of stable government for prosperity will be achieved.
JD(U) Minister G Kaito Aye reminded that they are in government for the welfare of the people and as leaders they have to sincere and transparent.
Requesting the legislators to refine themselves in serving the people better, Kaito said “together we can achieve something”.
NPP Legislator & Advisor L Khumo delivered short speech while Independent MLA & Minister Tongpang Ozukum’s speech was read out in his absence wherein both of them extended full support towards successful completion of the full term PDA government.
Rev Keviyiekielie Linyü, Pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church Kohima delivered the message. (Page News Service)