On Wednesday, Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio sought support from President Droupadi Murmu in solving the long-pending Naga political issue.
While speaking at a public reception program organized by the Nagaland Government at Capital Cultural Hall, Kohima, on November 2 to mark Murmu’s maiden visit, which began on Wednesday, CM Rio said, “the Framework Agreement of 3rd August 2015 signed between the Government of India and NSCN (IM) and the Agreed Position of November 2017 by the NNPGS was signed recognizing the unique history and position of the Nagas.”
Rio said that Nagas are hopeful of achieving an early solution to the Naga political issue, which should boost the youth and the people to contribute much more to the Nation’s economy.
“Ceasefire and dialogue with the Naga political groups have continued for 26 years. We seek your gracious support in resolving the long-pending political issue,” Rio said.
He expressed the state’s gratitude to the Centre for extending special provisions to Nagaland by incorporating Article 371A in the Constitution, which protects Nagas’s land, resources, and traditional customs and practices. “We are proud of our rich culture, customs, and traditional practices, which even today guide our everyday life,” he said.
Governor Jagdish Mukhi said Nagaland is a land of tribes, and the state’s rich heritage is embedded in its diverse culture. Deputy Chief Minister Yanthungo Patton said Murmu had scripted history by becoming the country’s first President from the tribal community and the youngest President.
He said, “She is an inspiration for all the tribal people across the country, including Nagaland. Her visit is significant as it reaffirms her love and concern for the tribal communities of the country and the Northeast”.
Meanwhile, the Global Naga Forum (GNF) also sought Murmu’s help resolving the decades-old Naga political problem. In a memorandum submitted to the President through the Raj Bhavan, GNF convenor Chuba Ozukum and co-convenor Rosemary Dzuvichu said, “We are writing to you with a hopeful expectation on your first official visit to our land, and with a fervent appeal for help in the on-going negotiations for a peaceful resolution of the Naga political problem.”
Further, Nagaland CM assured the President of displaying the state’s culture and traditions to her during the visit and letting her witness the development activities in the state. He expressed hope that she will revisit the place and will always keep Nagaland in her thoughts and guide it to attain greater heights in the future.
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