Monday, January 30, 2023

MLAs for early solution, not polls: Tovihoto

Staff Reporter

Advisor Power, H. Tovihoto Ayemi reiterated that the top agenda for all 60 legislators of the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA), irrespective of party affiliation, was for early solution to the Naga political issue and not election.
“We are not interested in election or campaigning, but we want Naga solution for our people,” Tovihoto said, as the special guest at the inaugural of NST colony ‘welcome gate’ cum thanksgiving programme here Saturday.
Tovihoto maintained that the Naga political issue should be resolved at the earliest as it has been a long-felt desire and also a prayer of the Nagas.
Tovihoto said Government of India was serious about securing peaceful solution for which the legislators were acting as facilitators between Government of India and the Naga Political Groups. He also welcomed signing of the ‘September Joint Accordant’ between WC/NNPGs and the NSCN (I-M).
Tovihoto also reaffirmed that the State BJP was equally committed that the aspirations of the Nagas are fulfilled with regard to solution to the Naga political issue. He said BJP and fully supports solution that was honourable and acceptable to the Nagas which will usher in a new era of peace and harmony, all round progress and economic growth.
Speaking on the importance of traditional welcome gate, the advisor said it recognizes the symbol and identity of the community/village. He said a progressive society exists only where there is unity and cooperation among people and therefore, encouraged the gathering to have a holistic and cohesive approach when it comes to the peace and harmony and welfare of the society. “Community engagement plays a crucial role in transforming communities and in the overall development of the society,” he stated.
On the developmental front, Tovihoto mentioned that the state has witnessed many developmental activities under the leadership of chief minister Neiphiu Rio. He however, reminded that the support, cooperation and participation of the public was crucial for any development to take place successfully.
“Development takes place for the welfare of the people, thereby the public should also show their support by taking care of public property as its own” he said.
He also said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s concern for Nagaland along with the rest of the country was praiseworthy. It is because of the relentless support of the Central government, a number of schemes and programmes have reached every household and thus improving lives of the common mass, he added. NST colony being a centrally located, the advisor encouraged the youth to take advantage of it and make use for business startups etc.
In his brief speech, retired commissioner & secretary L Yantsowo Lotha called upon the residents of the colony to foster unity and respect in order to move forward.
Earlier, the NST colony chairman N. Diswang Hau delivered the welcome address while the programme was chaired by NSTCC executive member Yhunilo Thong. Invocation by associate professor DBC, Rev. Temsu Imchen, dedication prayer by Chang Baptist Church pastor Rev. Wongto Chingmak, and thanksgiving and benediction by apostle N. Joseph Konghay, director Jerusalem Global ministry.

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