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CM Rio downplays religious persecution fears, calls for focus on development

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By EMN Updated: Apr 15, 2024 10:57 pm
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Neiphiu Rio, Dr. Chumben Murry, and others in Zunheboto on Monday.

DIMAPUR — Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio has stated that religious persecution has been a part of the world’s history for time immemorial and that isolated incidents here and there shouldn’t be misconstrued, nor should they form the basis of one party’s election propaganda.

He made these remarks during an election rally at Multipurpose Hall, Zunheboto town, on Monday, according to a press release.

He emphasised that a political party should focus on the development and progress of the country and added that the exponential growth of the Indian economy on the global stage serves to validate the Modi-led BJP as the right party to lead the country.

Dr. Chumben Murry, the PDA consensus candidate, stated on the occasion that peace does not come naturally, but efforts should be made, and cited the CM’s efforts since 2003. He said that the fruit of such efforts is working and that the coming together of 60 MLAs is about unity for the sake of a political solution rather than strength.

He elaborated that the MP seat represents a federal arrangement between India and Nagaland and appealed to citizens to vote for him as he foresees development in this government.

Deputy Chief Minister Y Patton stated that accusations of anti-Christianity are mostly levelled against the BJP during elections; however, he emphasised that the BJP is solely a political party. He pointed out that since 2003, the chief minister has maintained an alliance with the BJP, and there have been no reported atrocities against Christians.

He further stressed that all 60 MLAs have unanimously consented to support Dr. Chumben Murry, demonstrating unity in pursuit of a solution for the Nagas. He urged the 24 factions to likewise come together in support of this cause.

K T Sukhalu, Advisor for Food and Civil Supplies and Legal Metrology and Consumer Protection, highlighted on the occasion that several developmental works were undertaken in Zunheboto town under the leadership of Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio and added that Nagaland is not a self-sufficient state and relies on the central government.

He urged the people to maintain faith in the seven legislators under Zunheboto district and to support the PDA consensus candidate for further all-round development of the district.

In his brief speech, G Kaito Aye, Minister of PWD (Road and Bridges) and convener of the PDA Election Committee in Zunheboto district, stated that all 60 MLAs of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly are Christians and will stand for the Nagas, so the issue of anti-religion doesn’t even arise. He said that any such claims are merely rumours, assumptions, and political propaganda perpetuated by the opposition on social media.

Kuzholuzo Azo Nienu, MLA and leader of the NPF, reminisced about his past visit to Zunheboto and remarked that under the leadership of the CM, the district has experienced significant development. He said that such acts of development should be reciprocated by the people and sought support for the PDA consensus candidate.

Chingwang Konyak, president of the NDPP, stated that no party can establish itself solely on the basis of religion and added that the PDA remains stable and strong under the leadership of Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio.

Kazheto Kinimi, Advisor for Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services, delivered the vote of thanks, while Aketo K. Yeptho, Youth Pastor of Zunheboto Town Sumi Baptist Church, pronounced the benediction.

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By EMN Updated: Apr 15, 2024 10:57:57 pm
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