Monday, November 28, 2022

RPP urges President Murmu to travel by road

Ahead of the visit of President of India Droupadi Murmu’s visit to Nagaland, the Rising People’s Party (RPP) has appealed to the President to travel by road instead of taking helicopter during her visit.
In a letter addressed to the President of India, RPP president Joel Naga and general secretary Amai Chingkhu reminded that the only time a visiting dignitary, whether a Prime Minister or President of India, who travelled by road—from Dimapur airport to the state capital Kohima—was the late prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 2004.
RPP said the late prime minister after experiencing the road condition reportedly quipped “If this is the best road in Nagaland, it is difficult to imagine how bad the worst is.”
Stating that “security reasons” may have guided the state government’s decision to arrange helicopter instead of 74 km road journey, the RPP, however, reminded the President that Nagaland has been peaceful for the last 25 years, adding the Centre has also lifted AFSPA from 15 police stations areas in seven districts. RPP expressed hope its suggestion would be taken in the right spirit.

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