Amid much talk about what would be the fate of Naga peace talks, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday exuded confidence that “with in next few months
a respectable solution” to the Naga political problem will be arrived at.
“My government is working sincerely to bring a solution to the Naga political problem…,” Mr Modi said addressing an election rally for BJP-NDPP alliance here in the hub of eastern Nagaland.
“Mujhe umeed hae agle kuchch mahiney mein Nagaland ke logon ke liye samman janak aur unke rajnitik adhikaron ka adar karne wala samadhan hum prapt kar sakenge (I am very hopeful that in next few months, we will arrive at a solution which will be respectable to the people of Nagaland and will also address their political aspirations),” said Mr Modi, whose speech in Hindi was translated into Nagamese by Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju.
Prime Minister said he has been “always an admirer” of Naga people’s determination and traditional values and maintained that emergence of a ‘new Nagaland’ and development of the state will go a long way in the making of ‘new India’ as envisioned by his government.
He appreciated that the people of Nagaland have always struggled for peace and development in the state and said the progress of Nagaland as desired by the people will be possible when “all of us work together”.
“In last few years the state experienced instability. In four years, four times cabinet was sworn in, this situation must change….This creates hurdles for development,” he said and suggested that there should be a strong and stable government with BJP as a key partner in the state.
Earlier, welcoming the Prime Minster at the rally, former Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio thanked Mr Modi for approving the alliance between BJP and the newly floated NDPP.
The BJP is contesting 20 seats in the February 27 elections for the 60-member assembly and NDPP is contesting on remaining 40.Mr Rio, who recently quit Lok Sabha and also has been declared elected ‘uncontested’, is the chief ministerial candidate of the NDPP.