Nagaland Governor, P.B. Acharya on Tuesday disclosed that the Naga political issue would be resolved within six months. He asserted that if Nagaland and the Northeast were to progress, then the Naga issue should be brought to a conclusion and welfare of Nagas should be on the agenda.
Interacting with media persons at Raj Bhavan here on Tuesday, Acharya said inclusion of Naga areas from Manipur, Assam and Myanmar to form a greater Nagaland was a difficult task and might not be possible immediately. He, however, said welfare of Nagas should be the agenda of Nagaland. He expressed happiness at the appeal of NSCN (I-M) leader Th. Muivah to observe fast on March 18 and said he too would fast that day.
On the current political scenario, Acharya said as per democratic tradition, an experienced leader befitting the opposition would be a great asset to the state.
He remarked that a ray of hope was there in the entire Northeast and that he was looking forward to team work, development and transparency. He said all these hopes and aspirations should be put into action.
Acharya informed newsmen that he had instructed NDPP-BJP chief ministerial candidate Neiphiu Rio for preparing a decentralised budget where every district must be given a budget for everything like roads, schools, etc. He said a decentralised budget would ensure transparency and give greater benefit.
Stating that the NDPP-BJP alliance had 30 members, the governor confirmed having received a letter from JD (U) president extending support to the alliance.
Disclosing that NPP’s State unit too had forwarded its letter of support, Acharya said he had instructed state NPP president, Ato Yepthomi to get the letter signed by its central president and its two MLAs.
With NDPP-BJP alliance now having 34 members, Acharya hoped a stable government would be formed. He said he was expecting a strong opposition and added that opposition too had a great role to play to make democracy successful and vibrant.
NDPP-BJP alliance will facilitate solving the Naga issue: Nadda
Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare Jagat Prakash Nadda expressed the confidence that the NDPP-BJP alliance would provide a stable government in Nagaland and facilitate solving the Naga political issue, besides bringing all-round development to the State.
He made this remark at Raj Bhavan here on Tuesday while interacting with media persons after submitting BJP’s letter of support to Governor. Nadda was accompanied by BJP’s national general secretary Arun Singh, 12 BJP MLAs, State BJP president Visasolie Lhoungu and others.
Sources informed that Patton, by virtue of being the BJP legislature party leader, is likely to become the deputy chief minister.
On ratio of ministers between alliance partners, Nadda said the matter was yet to be decided and that Central BJP leaders were in touch with NDPP on this.
Meanwhile, election campaign chairman and former State BJP president Dr. M Chuba disclosed that as T.R. Zeliang could not decide on seat sharing between BJP and NPF, the former approached Neiphiu Rio and finalised 40-20 seat sharing with NDPP.
He said Central and State BJP leaders would not meet Zeliang before formation of the new government. On the other hand, BJP legislator Mmhonlumo Kikon admitted that his party’s pre-poll alliance with NDPP had worked well for both parties and helped in electing more BJP legislators in the State.