Centre very serious about Naga peace talks: Deputy CM Patton

Kohima, March 8 (MTNews): Addressing a press conference in his Kohima residence, newly sworn-in Deputy Chief Minister Yanthungo Patton claimed that the Centre was very serious about the peace talks and the state government under Neiphiu Rio’s leadership was also playing a major role as a facilitator.


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The Deputy Chief Minister also said both the Centre and Naga negotiators will have to come to an understanding for the successful conclusion of the peace talks.


“The two negotiating parties – the Union government and the Naga political negotiators – will have to come to an understanding for the successful conclusion of the peace talks. The NDPP-BJP government in the state, as facilitators, will continue to pursue the matter,” he said, adding, “The state government will continue to play an important role in finding a permanent solution sooner than later”.


He also thanked Rio for entrusting him to serve the Naga people as the deputy CM for the second term and expressed optimism that the “NDPP-BJP alliance will give a stable government”.


Extending his gratitude to all the electorates of Nagaland for giving their mandate to the NDPP-BJP Alliance once again, the Deputy Chief Minister assured that the Alliance government will strive to fulfill the aspirations of the people in the best possible way during this tenure.


He also extended gratitude to the BJP top brass for reposing their faith and confidence in him to be the BLP leader once again as well as the State BJP Executives and karyakartas for their relentless efforts during the electioneering process and added that together they will work for peace, development and good governance.


Speaking on whether the NDPP-BJP alliance would accept the support of all other political parties and make it another all-party government, he said that despite many parties willing to be part of the government, they are comfortable with 37 seats and therefore, as alliance partners, “we will have a proper discussion.”


On allocation of portfolios, he said it was the prerogative of the CM and that it would be sorted out in a day or two.


Apprising on the first cabinet meeting held yesterday after the swearing in ceremony, Patton said one main agenda of the meeting was discussion of the Urban Local Bodies (ULB) election. He said as per the Supreme Court’s order, election for ULB will have to be completed by May.

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