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Posted on Feb 13, 10:03AM | UNI
Kohima, Feb 12 : Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio has said that he is ready to go to jail for the sake of the Naga people and will continue to carry the voice of the Naga people.
Speaking at Naga Peoples Front (NPF) election rallies at Longleng, Kiphire and Pfutsero under Phek district, in a whirl winding tour yesterday, Mr Rio said there was nothing wrong in voicing the suffering of his people and the denial of rights to the Nagas.
'I am speaking the rights of the Naga people and for that why should anybody threaten to jail me.'
'I am ready to go to jail for the sake of my people, so be it. I shall speak the right of the Naga people and I am ready to go to jail for that,' he said.
Mr Rio asserted that the NPF has stood up for the rights of the Nagas and the party leadership has voiced the plight of the Nagas, especially those in Myanmar.
He said the Nagas of Myanmar have achieved political recognition with the establishment of the Naga Autonomous Zone. The Nagas of Myanmar have their own elected members and are also well represented in the Myanmar Parliament, he pointed out.
The Chief Minister informed that, likewise, the NPF has also entered the poll fray in Manipur and will do so in other Naga inhabited areas of neighbouring states. The NPF is providing a political platform to Nagas and they are moving towards emotional and political integration, he said.
He appreciated the initiative of the Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC) regarding the clean election campaign. 'We support the NBCC's campaign and welcome the steps being taken by the church,' he said.
NPF sources alleged that the NPF rally at Kiphire was disturbed by Congress workers, who came in a long convoy of two wheelers and other vehicles honking and shouting slogans in order to disrupt the rally, when the Chief Minister was addressing the gathering.
Mr Rio regretted that the Congress was using such negative tactics to disrupt the meetings of the NPF, but, however, advised the public not to disrupt each others meetings and allow all political parties to hold their meetings without hindrance from the rival parties.