Nagaland home minister Y. Patton on Wednesday said that people should do away with petty clan politics and choose wisely by electing capable leaders to lead them towards a better future.
Patton further said that petty clan politics were anachronisms in today’s world as people were now recognized and appreciated for their good works and achievements and not for their tribal or clan affiliations.
Patton said this in the course of touring seven villages (New Changsu, Old Changsu, New Riphyim, Old Riphyim, Englan, Yikhum and Thillong) under Englan range in Wokha district, his first since he assumed the office of home minister. Holding public meetings at all the seven villages, Patton also advised the people to have a wider vision when it comes to landownership vis-à-vis development as the issue of landownership was turning out to be one of the biggest roadblocks to development in our society.
Amid applause from all villagers gathered, Patton further cautioned groups and individuals against seeking his support for the forthcoming Village Council Chairmen elections. Patton also gave assurances towards positive interventions from his side on the separate appeals and representations submitted by all seven villages on a wide range of developmental needs of their respective villages.
Apart from donating money to the village councils and NPF village units, Patton also provided relief to the old, needy and handicapped people of all seven villages in the form of cash. Others who accompanied the home minister in the tour included his lady wife and son, district administration and police officials, NPF central and Wokha division functionaries, and a huge following of his supporters.