Thursday, February 9, 2023

Polls constitutional obligation: Rio


With pressure mounting from various organizations to defer the State Assembly elections under the slogan “Solution not Election”, Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio Tuesday said that the state government cannot allow a constitutional crisis to take place as conducting elections was a constitutional obligation.
“We cannot allow any constitutional crisis and create a law-and-order problem. Right thinking persons should pursue the issue by the rules,” Rio said while responding to a query on the civil societies demand for solution and not election.
Talking to media persons on the sidelines of a programme at Meriema, Rio acknowledged that everybody wanted solution. However, it will depend on the negotiating parties and not the general public, the chief minister said.
Rio maintained that the public could only put pressure for an early solution to the Naga issue. Rio said: “The 60 legislators who are acting as facilitators are putting pressure too and are reasoning with everybody. But the outcome will depend on the negotiating parties.”
ENPO issue: On state government’s appeal to Eastern Nagaland Peoples’ Organisation to reconsider its decision, Rio was hopeful for a positive outcome of the negotiations taking place between ENP and Home ministry (MHA) constituted committee.
“Discussion is going on and it’s positive so far. Any outcome should be positive,” Rio said.
NDPP-BJP seat sharing: To a query regarding finalization of the seat sharing between NDPP and BJP, Rio said BJP was a high command party and whatever decision the BJP would make in Delhi would be upto them, besides that there was nothing more.
Rio also informed that he would be leaving for Delhi soon to discuss on the issue.
As reported, Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had recently said that there were some issues to be cleared with regard to the NDPP-BJP seat sharing agreement, but stated that it would be finalised by BJP central leadership in Delhi by January 19.

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