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Nagas want inclusive political solution: Neiphiu Rio


The elected legislators have been actively facilitating and urging the negotiating parties to realize the long-standing dream of the Naga people without any delay, said Rio

By Imna Longchar, TFM Nagaland Correspondent

Nagaland chief minister, Neiphiu Rio, on Monday said that Nagas have been waiting patiently and expectantly for a final solution to the Naga political issue and they want an early “inclusive, honourable, and acceptable solution”.
Rio was addressing the gathering at 76th Independence Day celebration at Nagaland Civil Secretariat Plaza, Kohima. He said that the same has also been stated at various forums while all the elected legislators representing the people of the state have also come together and stated in clear terms that they would make way once the “solution” is reached.
Also adding that all the elected legislators have been actively facilitating and urging the negotiating parties to realize the long-standing dream of the Naga people without any delay, Rio said everyone knows that the negotiating parties have worked hard, and would continue their “hard work” till all issues were resolved.
Rio has also fervently appealed to the “large-hearted” Nagas to continue to be patient and ‘accommodative’ while also appealing to all parties concerned to listen to the voice of the people, rise above all the differences, and heed the cry of the Nagas for an immediate solution.

Conveying his greetings to the people of Nagaland on the occasion of the 76th Independence Day, which marks 75 years of India’s Independence, Nagaland chief minister, Neiphiu Rio while addressing the gathering at the Nagaland Civil Secretariat Plaza, Kohima, said that India achieved independence after a long struggle, and on this historic occasion, remembers with utmost gratitude the freedom fighters
who gave their all, many even laying down their lives to get the freedom.
75 years in the history of a nation, he said was a very important milestone when the Indians were left weak and debilitated when the Britishers left the nation in 1947 and since then, the country has faced many challenges, have overcome them, and has grown from strength to strength.  Rio, however, added that there are many challenges still to be overcome but with the resolve and hardwork of the people of this great nation could fulfil the dreams of our founding fathers.

Meanwhile, in Dimapur, the turnout of the crowd at the 76th Independence Day celebration recorded one of the highest in recent years as almost the gallery and other sitting arenas at the venue were packed. Advisor, power, Tovihoto Ayemi, unfurled the National flag and took salute of the participating contingents of the march past. He also inaugurated the various stalls put up by different governmental departments and SHGs. Earlier, the parade review was conducted by commissioner of Police, Dimapur, Rothihu Tetseo.

Altogether 17 contingents including armed uniformed, ex-servicemen, school students, and a band party from the 43 Assam Rifles participated in the march past where15 NAP (IR) Mahila Bn was place in the first position, 2nd place went to Police commissionerate, Dimapur, while excise directorate was placed 3rd.
In the category of school uniform contingents, first position was bagged by Vidya Bhavan Higher Secondary School, Dimapur, second place was shared by Dimapur government college NCC and Christian Higher Secondary School, Dimapur, while the third spot went to government high school, Burma Camp, Dimapur.
District level awards for meritorious service were also given away during the celebration. Patriotic song by SD Jain Higher secondary School, choreography by Livingstone Foundation International School, and a dance by students of Nritya Academy of Dance and Arts were also presented while cultural presentations were performed by Garo Cultural Group and Kachari Cultural troupe. An exhibition cricket match between DC XI and CP XI was also played later in the afternoon.

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